'Drive-by Exploit' Email Scam Description
Not all cyber crooks are armed to the teeth with all sorts of complex hacking tools, as the average user tends to imagine. Often, such elaborate threats are not needed as the attackers can use human psychology to manipulate the users into performing actions they normally would not. This is the art of social engineering, and it is very widely exploited for unsafe purposes by cybercriminals. The authors of the 'Drive-by Exploit' Email Scan have employed this method in the spreading of their creation.
Social Engineering Tricks
The 'Drive-by Exploit' scam relies on spam email campaigns and no users are safe, if their emails are known publicly. The email distributed is rather lengthy. In it, the attackers go on to explain to the users how their system had been compromised by a threat named 'private malware' because they have visited a website, which was hacked. The message is tailored in a manner meant to instill fear in the user as the attackers go on to claim that they have obtained the person's data and even videos of them. This is topped by their statement that all the data gathered will not only be sold on the Dark Web but will also be shown to the user's family, friends, and colleagues.
The Attackers Demand $800 in Bitcoin
In the email, the cybercriminals claim that as long as the user pays them $800 in the shape of Bitcoin, all the data that they have supposedly gathered will be wiped permanently, and the user will never hear from them again. However, nothing the attackers have said in the email is true. There is no 'private malware' that has infected the user's computer. This particular scan also is known under a different alias – 'Save Yourself' Email Scam. This became clear as experts noticed that both tactics were using the same email addresses – 'firstname.lastname@example.org,' 'email@example.com,' 'firstname.lastname@example.org' etc. They are both nothing but smoke and mirrors, and you should be ever vigilant because shady individuals like the ones responsible for the 'Drive-by Exploit' and 'Save Yourself' Email Scams are lurking all around the Web looking for unsuspecting and naïve users to trick.
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