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Mary N. Chaney, Esq., CISSP® is a former Special Agent for the FBI where she investigated cybercrime, a seasoned corporate executive that built and operated information security teams and now a cybersecurity attorney.

As a self-described “Breach Whisperer” our firm can train your company to properly prepare for your eventual breach!

The overall goal of our firm is to use our wealth of knowledge and expertise to help support, translate and advise, Boards of Directors, CIO's, CISO's and General Counsel's on how to legally protect their company from cyber related risk.

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Cyber Criminals Offering Up To $360,000 Per Year!

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If I go to the dark side, I can make upwards of $360,000? If I am really good, I can make a guaranteed $1M per year? It’s no wonder there is a talent shortage, there is more money to be made on the other side! You want me to commute into an office every day, deal with co-workers I may or may not like, deal with a crazy boss and changing priorities every 3 months and the job starts at $95k? I can see why that may not be a great thing to a person coming out of college or someone who has honed their skills and is now bored. The funny thing is, because of crypto currency, a person can actually live both lives. I just got an image of Neo (The Matrix). 

When I read this article, it surprised me that there were threat actors willing to pay this much for a specific type of scheme, in this case sextortion. It appears the threat actor(s) use(s) compromised credentials, vulnerabilities, sensitive data, and explicit images to try to get you to pay to prevent embarrassment from the release of those images. “Between July 2018 and February 2019 researchers counted 89,000 email recipients of sextortion attempts, 792,000 total attempts against target emails, 92 Bitcoin addresses that received payments and $332,000 total extortion payments received.”

We all know, bribery and extortion are not new crimes, threat actors are taking advantage of the digital footprint we all have and using it to make money. The answer to any attempt to extort you is to not respond, report it to the authorities and move on. Or pull a Jeff Bezos and go public! Take your power back. Simple crime, simple answer.