New Sextortion Scam Accuses Victim of Pedophilia

A new sextortion email scheme has surfaced, claiming to have incriminating evidence of pedophilia against the potential victim.  The threat actor, masquerading as a CIA officer willing to accept a bribe, asks the potential victim to pay them in bitcoin, and in return, will expunge records related to child pornography. The scam may include personal information in an attempt to legitimize their claim. The potential targets of this scam tend to be either wealthy or well-known and concerned for their reputation. The NJCCIC advises any recipients of this and similar emails to refrain from providing a response or sending any money and, instead, delete the email. We also recommend educating others about this and similar scams to reduce victimization. More information about this scam can be found in the Sophos blog post.