Don’t Fall For Spam Trying To Blackmail You
It’s a spam that does not seem to go away. We first reported about this sort of scam in July of 2018. You receive a threatening e-mail claiming a hacker got access to your computer and now you are unable to change your password. Even worse, the hacker tries to extort money from you and in return promises to unlock your computer. The hacker also ads some bogus porn threats. Unfortunately, these scams are still around and appear to become more sophisticated. Now, the hacker even appears to describe how he managed to get into your computer…..don’t fall for it!
“Yahoo, Home Depot, JP Morgan, and Target are just a few well-known companies that have been hacked that you may have used one of your passwords mentioned in the email. The best solution is to constantly update your passwords and use different passwords for more important sites like your Banking logins,” says Planetguide.com owner Brett Bauman.
Should You Be Concerned?
This is a scam. This e-mail does not mean your computer has been hacked, or that you were filmed actually watching porn. However, it could mean that your password has been leaked through some sort of recent data breach. If you are still using that same password, you need to change it right now! Also, note that there tends to be nothing about you in those e-mails, no addresses and no names. Furthermore, the e-mail does not mention what kind of porn site you have supposedly visited.
Never Respond, Never Pay
There are several versions of this e-mail going around right now. The amount of money the scammers are asking for varies and some of those e-mails may have an attachment titled “Invoice” or something similar, according to some tech websites. Do not open any attachments that comes with these scam e-mails and of course do not pay any money! Keep in mind if a scammer actually had all the information they claimed to have about you, they would not need to extort you, but would simply log into your bank or other accounts and steal from you.
Just In Case
As we said this is a scam, however, hackers can access your computer using spying software. Make sure you don’t have any malware on your computer by installing anti-malware or anti-virus protection and perform a deep scan.