A Ransomware Gang Is Asking Victims’ Customers To Aid In Extortion Efforts

A Ransomware Gang Is Asking Victims’ Customers To Aid In Extortion Efforts

Posted March 28, 2021

A Ransomware Gang Is Asking Victims’ Customers To Aid In Extortion Efforts

  • Like most of its criminal competition, Ransomware gang Clop steals data from its victims and uses that data to apply pressure. Pay up or we’ll start leaking your sensitive information, they threaten.
  • Clop has claimed a breach involving a major maternity clothing retailer. The hackers used the data stolen in the attack to contact customers and urge them to make the company pay.
  • Emails sent to the store’s customers look a bit like a breach notification. They are, in a way, but they don’t provide some critical information.
  • The note mentions that the recipient’s personal data was stolen and that it will soon be leaked on a Dark Web site. “Call or write this store and ask to protect your privacy!” the note urges.
  • If you’re unlucky enough to receive an email like this urging you to act, take a beat. Ask yourself: do you really want to be an accessory to a cyber extortion?

– Lee Mathews | March 28, 2021