Did hackers record you watching porn? New scam using key elements of phishing and shame hacking

Cybercriminals are using yet another new twist on the old email phishing attack: they email people claiming to have infected porn sites with malware that allowed them to take over the recipient’s webcam and record them sitting at their computer watching porn and if they don’t pay up, the video is going public. I discuss this … Continue reading Did hackers record you watching porn? New scam using key elements of phishing and shame hacking

“Shame Hacking” Liberal Groups — Is It Really Russian Hackers Doing It?

But it’s the Russians! The ubiquitous Russians are at it again, or, so we are being told. You know, the Russian hackers who are everywhere, doing everything nefarious in the world, and victimizing poor little helpless “us” here in the United States . . . BREAKING!  Wikileaks: CIA ‘Stole’ Russian Malware, Uses It to ‘Misdirect Attribution’ … Continue reading “Shame Hacking” Liberal Groups — Is It Really Russian Hackers Doing It?

David Beckham’s Exposed Emails Exemplify Shame Hacking Threat

Hackers have obtained David Beckham’s embarrassing emails from his advisors in an extortion plot in which the advisors were told “pay up or we’ll release emails,” according to a recent news report. When the advisors refused to pay the £1million demand, the hackers released the emails. This is yet another example of what I call shame hacking, a topic … Continue reading David Beckham’s Exposed Emails Exemplify Shame Hacking Threat

Porn, Politics & Cybersecurity: Are We Seeing Shame Hacking with Texas Elector?

Is the Texas elector who refuses to vote for Trump the first example of shame hacking in politics? In previous posts, I have written about shame hacking which is the use of hacked data for embarrassing or extorting people by threatening to expose such compromising data if they do not comply with whatever demands were made of them. … Continue reading Porn, Politics & Cybersecurity: Are We Seeing Shame Hacking with Texas Elector?

WikiLeaks and CIA’s Russian Hacking Tools & Techniques: Was it really the Russians?

In the wake of WikiLeaks’ Vault7 release of documents revealing the CIA’s hacking tools, I must revisit a key section of a post from September 2016. The section was about the convenience of blaming “the Russians” given the craze of attributing everything wrong in the cyber world to the seemingly omnipresent “Russians.” See: “SHAME HACKING” … Continue reading WikiLeaks and CIA’s Russian Hacking Tools & Techniques: Was it really the Russians?