A sextortion campaign is making the rounds that attempts to evade detection by demanding payment in cryptocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Sextortion operators typically send emails out claiming to have harvested webcam footage or browser histories related to adult content from the recipient’s computer – and then threaten to release damaging information to family, friends and coworkers. The mails go on to demand payment in exchange for not releasing that information. The reality of course is that the crooks haven’t actually collected anything at all – they’re simply relying on victims’ fear and gullibility. Hunter Johnson, a researcher at Cofense Professional Services, noted that secure email gateways (SEGs) block these mails as spam by looking for certain word patterns in the body of the emails – including asking for payment in Bitcoin. The latest sextortion campaign spotted by Cofense mixes things up by instead asking for payment in Litecoin — which is enough, he said, to slip past SEG filtering. “Previous iterations showed a gradual shift away from identifiable patterns and to alternative cryptocurrencies, in an attempt to foil SEG Bitcoin-detection rules,” he wrote in a blog on Tuesday. “The current emails appear to be crafted to contain very few searchable word patterns. While we could publish the contents of those emails, let’s just say the emails contained adult language admonishing the recipient to be more careful about their browsing and webcam habits.” He added…
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