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October 11, 2019
Unscrupulous cybercriminals will start blackmailing the victims and their families very soon.
Compared to some notorious breaches that have occurred in the last 12 months involving billions of compromised records, this data breach may seem comparatively insignificant. However, in terms of reputational damage it’s apt to inflict upon the victims, the impact may be unprecedentedly disastrous. We all remember reports of numerous suicides and countless family dramas when Ashley Madison was hacked in 2015. This time, the harm may be even more voluminous, diverse and long-lasting. Sadly, many victims will likely be reluctant to file a lawsuit or criminal complaint being embarrassed by the nature of the incident.
Unscrupulous cybercriminals will start blackmailing the victims and their families very soon. Likely, most of the campaigns will be a substandard scam, offering ”removal“ of victims’ names for a payment in Bitcoin. Of course, nothing will be ever removed, worse those victims who pay will probably be approached again and again for new ”removals”.
Professional cyber mercenaries may deploy smarter tactics, for example, asking employees of large organizations and IT vendors to share confidential data or access codes menacing to expose their secrets to management and colleagues.
Importantly, in many jurisdictions, victims cannot be fired or reprimanded for their personal life that does not involve their employer. Victims should not negotiate with the extortionists and immediately report them to law enforcement and internal security departments if appropriate.
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