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Help understanding CVE-2018-0296 vulnerability email

I got ransomware-type email today regarding the Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296 asking for payment in bitcoin. How do I know if it is real? The pages I find on Google for how to repair this vulnerability all look sketchy to me. I don't personally use a Cisco router, either. Could I have picked it up in my travels?

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First, don't open or read unsolicited emails.

In reply to: Help understanding CVE-2018-0296 vulnerability email

You need to delete this and move on. You don't have the Cisco gear it affects and as of today Cisco writes "There are no workarounds that address this vulnerability."

This means the people sending this ransom note are fishing. Don't take the bait and stop opening every email you get.

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Got it!

In reply to: First, don't open or read unsolicited emails.

Thank you. Message understood. I'll sharpen my guard!

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Answer is not good enough or complete enough

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I received the email. The troubling part is that it is sent from me to me. Hackers went inside my account. So there is some validity to the hack.

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They were NOT in your account-To/From fields have your email

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Anyone can change what the text in the "To" and "From" fields say. They are putting your emails in To and From fields just to freak you out. We get about 20 emails like this every day. They are just searching for a sucker to contact them. Don't let it be you. Happy

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Not what it seems.

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I see crewsys noted what you can do with the fields. Email today is spoofable and there is no sign this will stop.

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I got the sam email

In reply to: Help understanding CVE-2018-0296 vulnerability email

I received the same email a couple days ago.

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