Don’t Be Held Ransom | A Shady New Maneuver You Should Know About

October 26th, 2018 Daryl Berver



There’s a new phishing technique in town, and hackers are having a blast with it.

Here’s how the latest shady maneuver is working:

Hackers are approaching people and telling them that they’ve hacked into their email and/ or computer and have found some sort of “dirt” on them. Then comes the threat to expose said “dirt” unless money is sent to the hacker’s Bitcoin Wallet.

DO NOT fall for this.

DO keep reading to learn how to identify these malicious phishing attempts and how to respond.


  • The email will likely be made to look as though it is coming from you… as they need to convince you that they already have access to your account. They do not have access to your account. Look more closely and you’ll find that the email address they’ve used is nearly identical, but not actually yours.
  • In the email, they will likely claim to be monitoring your online activity and/ or tapping into your camera or webcam.
  • And lastly, they’ll threaten you.


  • This should go without saying, but NEVER click on a link or send money to ANY links provided in these emails.
  • Instead, click that little link in the upper left-hand corner of the Outlook email frame that says “Phish Alert” or delete the email.

If you feel the need for further refreshers from 14 West Information Security, click here to learn more about how you can keep you and your family safe from online scams.



Daryl Berver

Chief Operations Officer

For nearly 30 years, I’ve helped to grow businesses through strategic thinking. A lot of what I do relies on data. Dealing with hard numbers and facts all day long might seem dull to some, but it’s all about how you apply them. I haven’t had one moment of boredom in those “nearly 30 years,” and I credit that to the fact that I prefer to push the envelope. But I’m lucky in that I’ve been given the freedom and trust to do that. And today, my career has given me the opportunity to help launch and grow more than 40 companies around the globe… and I’ve got the Starbucks mugs to prove it!

Favorite Privilege or Perk? In 2015, I finally reached a “One Million Miler” flyer status! Hard-earned with a lot of long flights in coach.