Cybercriminals may make the transition away from the crypto scams to extorting money via prepaid debit cards, according to Kaspersky Lab’s study published on a blog post Dec. 16.
“One of the features of these cards is that they are usable not only in Brazil, but internationally as well. Perhaps that’s the feature that the cybercriminals in question are particularly interested in,” Kaspersky explains.
Acesso card hackers are sending emails with offer to purchase a prepaid card in a shop, ask recipients of these mails to deposit money on the card account and take a picture of both card sides. The visual representation of the card enables hackers to spend the funds.
“It is still too early to say if prepaid debit cards will supplant bitcoin as the new ransom currency of choice, or whether such messages are the exception rather than the rule,” Kaspersky told.