Cyber-criminals have launched a new sextortion scam aimed at people who use the video-conferencing app Zoom while in a state of undress.
The scam, detected by Bitdefender Antispam Lab, appears to have originated on October 20, just after high-profile reporter and TV analyst Jeffrey Toobin was caught masturbating during a Zoom video chat with members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.
Bitdefender reported that a quarter of a million people, mostly in the United States, received an email informing them that they have been filmed engaging in a sexual act while using Zoom. Victims were then threatened with exposure of the footage if they didn’t pay a ransom.
The email, titled “Regarding Zoom Conference call,” claims that the attacker exploited a zero-day vulnerability to access the victim’s private data.
“You have used Zoom recently, like most of us during these bad COVID times. And I have very unfortunate news for you,” reads the email.
Source: Naturally Carolina
Original publication 8 November, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 19th November 2020
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