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6/22/2018
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'Pay Up or Get WannaCry Hit' Extortion Email Spreading

Sophos warns of a 'protection racket' scam email that threatens to infect victims with the ransomware variant if they don't pay the attackers.

A widespread new email scam purportedly from the WannaCry hackers attempts to shake down potential victims with threats of the ransomware if they don't pay up-front.

But according to Sophos, which spotted the scam, the attackers don't really have the WannaCry malware in hand. "Simply put, it's a protection racket, where you're being stood over to prevent bad things happening, rather than a ransom-based racket, where you are being squeezed to recover from bad things that already happened," said Sophos senior security advisor Paul Ducklin in a post today.

Sophos, which investigated the scam, says not to pay or contact the scammers, and to use the proper security hygiene of patching and good backups.

Read more here.

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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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6/25/2018 | 11:29:06 PM
Re: Yo, dawg, I herd u like blackmail
@RyanSepe: So would it be called "WannaWannaCry"?
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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6/25/2018 | 1:25:32 PM
Re: Yo, dawg, I herd u like blackmail
Ha, this made me chuckle... seems like Blackception if you ask me.
jenshadus
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jenshadus,
User Rank: Strategist
6/25/2018 | 9:23:15 AM
Re: Yo, dawg, I herd u like blackmail
Loved your response.  Very well put.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
6/24/2018 | 10:52:08 PM
Yo, dawg, I herd u like blackmail
Wow. How meta. An extortion scheme threatening the victim with...an extortion scheme!

The next step is blackmailing people into paying up lest they be blackmailed with blackmail! And then blackmailing people threatening them with blackmail with blackmail with blackmail!

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