Shaming victims into action
Malware authors and social engineers have relied on shame and the threat of exposure for years. Nothing encourages potential victims to pay up like a solid threat. This isn’t something to underestimate or dismiss. It can have very serious consequences, with at least one tragedy involving a suicide linked to common-or-garden ransomware threats.
These threats are most closely linked to people at home, with sextortion being one of the biggest.