There's a new phishing email scam affecting people around the world that has a terrifying new twist: These hackers know where you live.
With traditional phishing email scams, you receive an email that looks like it's from a legitimate company. It may have the logo for PayPay or Amazon, along with other information that looks real. But inside is a link or attachment that, if you open it, infects your computer with malware, or takes you to a malicious site where the hackers collect your ID and financial information.
A new ransomware, which may be pulling your name and home address from your eBay account, takes phishing email scams to a new, terrifying level. It starts with an email that seems to be from a charity, often Koestler Trust, with a link or attachment.
If you click on the link, the hackers infect your computer with the Maktub ransomware. It encrypts your files and the hackers demand to be paid in bitcoin, starting at $580, but going up to $790 and possibly more if you allow too much time to lapse.
Even that isn't the worst part. These hackers somehow have your name and mailing address, and show it to you. Some victims say the format of their name and address looks similar to the format used by eBay.
EBay is aware of the problem and issued a statement, according to BBC, saying in part: "EBay works aggressively to protect customer data and privacy, which is our highest priority. We are not aware of any link between this new phishing scam and eBay's data. We continually update our approach to customer data security in an effort to create the safest environment possible for our customers."
Keep reading Happening Now for updates on Maktub and other ransomware attacks.