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Extortion Attacks for Bitcoin Spikes after Recent Mega Hacks

In a public alert issued recently from FBI, US citizens are being urged to watch out for a new type of scam e-mail that's crafted based on high-profile data hacks. The IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) of FBI reports of an enormous number of e-mails wherein the sender asserts he has utilized data from hacks executed in the short past against MySpace, Tumblr and LinkedIn for reaching the recipient's electronic mail, social-networking as well as other accounts.

There's also a threat in the e-mail of revealing all the secrets of the recipient in public unless the person sends Bitcoin to the e-mail writer. Typically, the extortion amount varies from $250 to $1,200 of the digital money, while the deadline for the payment given is extremely short.

The e-mail scammers sometimes assert that they have hacked into the victimized user's social-networking accounts apart from threatening to post the private information of the user on the Internet.

Within certain weirder instances, the miscreants outrageously assert that they've dirty information regarding the recipient that they would tell to the victim's close acquaintances over the different social-networking websites.

More e-mails have been reported that threaten the receiver that his/her divorce proceedings, embarrassing snippets, or social shame will be shared with his family and friends through Fecebook. Thus, whenever one fresh high-profile data hack occurs, such e-mails get increasingly distributed as spam, cautions FBI.

Indeed, the possibilities regarding any repercussions occurring have been felt as negligible. For, considering the enormous quantity of electronic mails along with the plentiful effort required for manually scanning the victim's e-mail A/C for any blackmail content, it is nearly definite that repercussion wouldn't be there incase of non-payment. Theregister.com posted this, June 1, 2016.

Also, given the kind of information and the manner in which it's stolen as mentioned above, this data frequently gets posted on the public Net alternatively can be bought from the dark-net marketplaces.

Significantly, apart from secret personal matters, voter databases from Mexico, USA, the Philippines and Turkey too reached the Web during recent months. Those voter databases contained still deeper personal information compared to the routine profiles from social media.

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