Fort Gordon issues warning about 'sextortion' scam
By JOZSEF PAPP | The Augusta Chronicle | Published: January 31, 2019
AUGUSTA, Ga. (Tribune News Service) — Fort Gordon has released a scam alert after several people on base received emails threatening to blackmail them about watching online pornography.
According to Fort Gordon, a "sextortion" phishing campaign is using a highly effective new email scam to trick victims into paying extortion money. The email uses an old password dump to make the victims believe the hacker was able to break into their webcam and record them while they watched online pornography.
The scammers demands payment to keep the video from being released to the public. According to Fort Gordon, the scam is part of a new wave of financially-motivated sextortion campaign that is targeting online users and it could soon affect businesses.
The Defensive Cyberspace Operations Divisions recommends users who receive an email to not click on any hyperlinks, not send any money, delete the email and change password if it applies to any accounts.
Fort Gordon said the phishing campaign has been brought to the attention of the Army.