Many US workers were startled today when finding an extortion note in their work email threatening to set off a bomb unless they sent money. Law enforcement authorities say millions of these emails were sent to businesses, colleges, media organizations and courthouses.
Ryan Wilk, VP of Customer Success at NuData Security:
“It is estimated that between 2018 and 2023 criminal data breaches will expose 146 billion records, growing at a rate of 22.5% per year according to Juniper Research. Within those records of which over 30 billion have been exposed to date are everything from social security numbers to corporate emails. Add a little social engineering and you have the ability to scare people like today’s incident which can’t be taken lightly anywhere on the off chance there is a problem. Hackers are going to try to hold up people any way they can and this is the 21st century style stick-up.”