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Cybersecurity Awareness Issue 103-Account Hacked

Below is a screenshot of a spam message that has been making the rounds lately. It is especially alarming to recipients because it is made to appear like it was sent from the user’s email account AND the password that is referenced is one that was used somewhere in the past by the owner of the email account. The spam message goes on to say they have incriminating information about the person and that they will release all this information, as well as compromising photos, to everyone in this person’s email contact list…..IF they do not pay the Bitcoin ransom within 48 hours. On the surface, all this can be very concerning to a recipient because much of it appears real to them….ESPECIALLY the familiar password.

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