Tags extortion

Snapchat stalker pleads guilty to using stolen passwords to torment college students

by Jeff Stone • 6 months ago

A 29-year-old man admitted to accessing 300 accounts, some belonging to high school students.

Energy giant Shell impacted in Accellion hack

by Shannon Vavra • 8 months ago

Shell is just the latest in a long line of victims.

Meet Babuk, a ransomware attacker blamed for the Serco breach

by Sean Lyngaas • 10 months ago

It's a case study in how quickly crooks can learn the basics of digital extortion.

Why the extortion of Vastaamo matters far beyond Finland — and how cyber pros are responding

by Sean Lyngaas • 1 year ago

At issue are the obligations of health care organizations to defend their data, and victims’ ability to hold them accountable for failing to do so.

Data breach at Finnish psychotherapy center takes a darker turn with extortion attempts

by Joe Warminsky • 1 year ago

Cybercriminals reportedly posted batches of Vastaamo's patient information on the dark web and claimed that individual people could protect their data by directly paying a ransom.

Extortion and alleged ISIS threats: A Saudi embassy learned the hard way about email security

by Shannon Vavra • 2 years ago

Security researcher Chris Kubecka knew that it might be a tough assignment to catch an intruder on the email system at Saudi Arabia's embassy in the Netherlands. But the story only got bigger once she got to work.