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Bitcoin Bomb Threat Scam

12/14/2018 12:00:00 PM

On December 13, 2018, numerous businesses, schools, and other types of establishments across the world have reported an emailed bomb threat scam where bitcoin ransoms are demanded in exchange for not detonating a supposed bomb. The Enterprise Security team has not been made aware of any Cox employees receiving such threats, but want you to know that we take these events very seriously.

Law enforcement agencies have been investigating these threats and have deemed them to be non-credible at this time. 

If you are a recipient of these Bitcoin bomb threat emails, please follow these tips:

  • Do not respond to the email;
  • Do not try to contact the sender;
  • Do not pay the ransom;
  • Preserve the original email;
  • Promptly forward the email of concern to: phishing@cox.com for CCI, CMG, CEI and infosec@coxautoinc.com for CAI. Contact your CSC to report all other suspected cybersecurity incidents.

Recognizing suspicious activity or a potential threat can be a challenge. Phishing scams and attempted cyber-attacks come in many forms. Good awareness with a healthy dose of caution is the key. Take the time to learn what attacks often look like. Visit CoxAlert.com for information on this and other scams.

Our teams will continue to monitor this situation and advise further action if needed.­ Contact Enterprise.Security@coxinc.com and CEI.Investigations@coxinc.com with questions.

Posted by Cox Enterprise Security


Cyber Safety Tips

The saying, “crime never sleeps” is as relevant today as it’s ever been. That’s why as Cox employees, we need to be aware of everyday dangers, but also stay alert when it comes to cyber scams and online threats.

To keep you updated on the best ways to remain safe at home and work, select a link below and follow the helpful tips:

Click here to find more tips for staying safe online. 

Posted by Cox Corporate Security