The “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your computer or phone is infected with malware and then threatens to make your personal data public. Contrary to the claims in the email, you haven’t been hacked (or at least, that’s not what prompted this email) and this is nothing more than a scam that tries to trick you into sending Bitcoins to these scammers. This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion”.
This is the text of the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” blackmail email, including the grammatical and spelling errors:
Subject: INFORMATION – YOU ARE HACKED !
!!!!!!!!!! IMPORTANT MESSAGE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED. There are special beacon’s all over
waiting for our command to lock down your network. Don’t try to detect it,
our software is set up
so that if you remove one beacon, the rest will immediately begin to
encrypt your corporate network.
The speed at which our software will have time to block your entire network
is 15 minutes.
!!! WE ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH ANY COUNTRY’S GOVERNMENT. OUR GOAL IS
COMMERCIAL GAIN !!!
This is an important message. Your company was attacked by cryptolockers
and was successfully hacked.
As a result of the hack 120 GB of information was downloaded from you
network, including accounting documents and
information that constitutes trade secrets. We are working under a new
scheme so as not to represent
inconvenience to the company with which we are dealing with that is why
before we block your computers we offer
solve the issue for a small compensation (which is much less than what will
be after exploitation of your vulnerabilities and
your computers) in the amount of $2500. You have 24 hours to respond to
this message and transfer
funds to this BTC wallet : bc1qtttvn6eyhwshwtdst7tja0eqmgsd8r65phzjz5 . Do
not try to contact the police, it will only make things worse.
We suggest to solve the issue peacefully without causing you any
inconvenience. In case of non-compliance with our demands,
we will block your computers and the ransom amount will be x100 times more
and will be $1,000,000.
As well as information that is of commercial value will be published on a
!!! DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC
DON’T PANIC DON’T PANIC !!!
Agree ransom $2500 is better than 1000000$, we have automated our work and
we are working on speed and mass.
Do not try to gamble with us. You have 24 hours to respond to our message.
All work is done automatically. We have no centralized servers.
There is no point in negotiating with us. The software automatically checks
the funds into the wallet
and makes a decision based on a neural network. We do not negotiate because
it is not safe.
We work on a double attack scheme. If we do not get a small (ransom of
$2500), then we go to step 2
Lock down the entire corporate network.
We know exactly when you open this email. And from that point on, the timer
starts. You have 24 hours to respond
to this message.
After receiving the money, our beacons will be liquidated and we will leave
you alone. All your information will be immediately deleted
from our servers. We will also send a letter with recommendations on how to
configure your corporate network to prevent this from
happening to you in the future.
We don’t read the responses to this message. Therefore, there is no point
in writing a letter in response.
!!! NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY NO-REPLY
The above email and anything it states is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom. If you have received the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email, we recommend deleting it and under no circumstances send any money to these cybercriminals.
Is the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email real?
No, and don’t panic. The “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your device or email has been hacked, then demands payment, or else they will send compromising information -such as images of you captured through your web camera or your pornographic browsing history – to all your friends and family. And in classic ransomware fashion, there’s typically a ticking clock. Giving users a short time limit to deliver the payment is social engineering at its finest.
Threats, intimidation, and high-pressure tactics are classic signs of a scam.
As you can imagine, the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” extortion email and anything it states is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom.
They have my password! How did they get my password?
To make the threats more credible, the scammers may include one of your passwords in this email. The scammers have your password from sites that were hacked, and in this case, likely matched up to a database of emails and stolen passwords and sent this scam out to potentially millions of people. You can check if your email or password was compromised in a data breach on Haveibeenpwned.
If the password emailed to you is one that you still use, in any context whatsoever, stop using it and change it NOW. It’s also recommended that you enable two-factor authentication for your email and online accounts whenever that is an option.
Should I pay the ransom?
You should not pay the ransom. If you pay the ransom, you’re not only losing money but you’re encouraging the scammers to continue phishing other people.
Delete the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email, and under no circumstances pay these cybercriminals a penny/dime/bitcoin.
What should I do now?
We recommend that you ignore the content of the “YOUR CORPORATE NETWORK HAS BEEN HACKED” email and delete it from your Inbox. However, if you have downloaded any attachments or clicked on any links from this email, or if you suspect that your computer might be infected with malware, you can follow the below guide to and scan your device for malware and remove it for free.
Depending on which operating system is installed on the device you want to scan for malicious programs, follow the removal guide.
- Scan and remove malware from Windows
- Scan and remove malware from Mac
- Scan and remove malware from Android