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.
The e-mail trying to extort money from you might look something like this:
I have very bad news for you.
12/10/2018 – on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account support@XXXXXX [your server name].com
So, you can change the password, yes… But my malware intercepts it every time.
How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.
After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).
A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I’m talk you about sites for adults.
I want to say – you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!
And I got an idea….
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!
I’m know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $659 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!
Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 145SmyE7DBEQExsnXZobojbQqr5UdgbCHh
You do not know how to use bitcoins?
Enter a query in any search engine: “how to replenish btc wallet”.
It’s extremely easy
For this payment I give you two days (48 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.
After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your “enjoys”.
I hope you understand your situation.
– Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
– Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account)
– Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.
P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker
I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.
Do not hold evil! I just do my job.
Have a nice day!
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