Spam scare campaign: UNE emails targeted; do not pay the ransom
IT has reported that some UNE addresses have been targeted by a spam scare campaign targeting emails and claiming they have evidence of the recipient visiting adult websites.
The email than threatens to release this information if the recipient does not pay a ransom.
Stay Smart Online says:
Don’t pay the ransom. This is a scare campaign and there is no evidence that any data has been recorded. We recommend that if you receive this email (or any extortion email) you do not pay the ransom.
Even if an attacker does have data, paying a ransom will only fund their activities, and it is likely they will ask for more money. You should never pay a ransom.
Source: IT Directorate