Extorting Patients of Vastaamo, An Online Psychotherapy Service

It’s unfortunate the details are scarce on this case, as it would make a good eCrimeBytes episode. A Finnish man was blamed for an attack at an online psychotherapy service named Vastaamo:


As far as high value targets go, a psychotherapy service holding the deepest darkest secrets of thousands of people ranks up there. As you can imagine, attackers could use this information to extort any of their patients:

When Vastaamo declined to pay, ransom_man shifted to extorting individual patients. According to Finnish police, some 22,000 victims reported extortion attempts targeting them personally, targeted emails that threatened to publish their therapy notes online unless paid a 500 euro ransom.


Check out the linked articles above for more details.

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