The latest Phishing Spam Demanding Bitcoin or other crypto currency payment to prevent compromising information—such as pictures sexual in nature— being sent to all your friends and family.
If you have received a similar email, don’t panic. Contrary to the claims in your email, you haven’t been hacked (or at least, that’s not what prompted that email). This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion.”
The Sextortion Scam, is a type of online phishing that is targeting people around the world and preying off digital-age fears.
If you have received a email of this nature, first and foremost: DO NOT PAY THE RANSOM.
The senders of the emails, some self proclaimed hackers claim to have comprised your PC or laptop using malware and say they collected video from webcam of embarrassing situations, usually related to porn. The emails are slightly different depending on who’s being attacked, but they all have a few similar features:
- The subject line includes a password that you probably have used at some point.
- The sender says they have used that password to hack your computer, install malware, and record video of you through your webcam.
- They say they will reveal your adult-website habits and send video of you to your contacts unless you send them bitcoin
This would terrify most people if it ever landed in their inbox.
Basically, the attackers don’t actually have video of you or access to your contacts, and they haven’t been able to install malicious code on your computer. In reality, they’re taking a password from a database that’s available online, sending it to you, and hoping you’re scared enough to believe their story and send them bitcoin.
Some scammers have even made over $US50,000 from the blackmail scheme, based on an analysis of bitcoin wallets, Bleeping Computer reported.
For now, the scammers seem to be using really old passwords – maybe one you haven’t used in years. But as the scam develops, there’s a good chance it may include credentials from a fresh breach, according to Krebs.
Other good ideas to keep yourself safe: use long and strong passwords, get a password manager to ensure each account has a unique password, and turn on two-factor authentication on your important accounts.
Below are a few examples of these emails
I know, password, is your pass word. You may not know me and you're most likely wondering why you are getting this e mail, correct?
fact, I placed a malware on the adult vids (porn material) web-site and
you know what, you visited this website to have fun (you know what I
mean). While you were watching video clips, your internet
browser initiated operating as a RDP (Remote Desktop) that has a
keylogger which provided me access to your screen and also webcam.
Immediately after that, my software program gathered your entire contacts from your Messenger, social networks, as well as email.
What did I do?
made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were watching
(you have a good taste lmao), and 2nd part shows the recording of your
exactly what should you do?
Well, I believe, $2900 is a fair price for
our little secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know
this, search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).
BTC Address: 1MQNUSnquwPM9eQgs7KtjDcQZBfaW7iVge
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
have one day in order to make the payment. (I have a specific pixel in
this email message, and at this moment I know that you have read through
this email message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will
definitely send out your video recording to all of your contacts
including family members, coworkers, etc. However, if I do get paid,
I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you want to have evidence,
reply with “Yes!” and I will certainly send out your video to your 14
contacts. This is the non-negotiable offer, so please don’t waste my
personal time and yours by responding to this email message.
I write yоu becаusе I put а mаlware оn the wеb раge with porn whiсh yоu hаve visitеd.
virus grаbbed all your рersonal infо аnd turnеd on yоur сamеrа which
сaрtured the рroсеss оf your onаnism. Just aftеr that the soft savеd
yоur соntaсt list.
I will dеlеte thе сompromising video and
infо if you pаy me 999 USD in bitcoin. This is address fоr рaymеnt :
I give yоu 30 hоurs aftеr you ореn my mеssаge for making the trаnsactiоn.
As sоon аs yоu reаd the mеssаgе I'll see it right awаy.
is nоt necessary tо tell mе thаt you hаve sеnt money to me. This
address is соnneсtеd tо yоu, my systеm will dеlete еverything
automаtically aftеr trаnsfer соnfirmаtiоn.
If yоu nееd 48 h just reрly оn this letter with +.
Yоu сan visit thе pоlicе stаtion but nobоdy cаn hеlp yоu.
If you try to dеceive mе , I'll sеe it right аway !
I dont live in yоur соuntry. So they саn nоt track my lосаtiоn evеn for 9 months.
Goodbyе. Dоnt fоrget аbоut thе shame and tо ignore, Yоur life can be ruined.
I am aware one of your passphrase: password.
Lets get directly to point. Not a single person has compensated me to
investigate about you. You do not know me and you are probably wondering
why you're getting this e mail?
I actually installed a software on the adult vids (sex sites) site and
you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I
mean). When you were viewing videos, your internet browser initiated
working as a Remote control Desktop that has a key logger which provided
me access to your display screen and also web cam. Right after that, my
software program collected your complete contacts from your Messenger,
FB, and email . After that I created a double-screen video. 1st part
shows the video you were viewing (you've got a good taste haha . . .),
and 2nd part shows the view of your webcam, and its u.
You do have only 2 alternatives. We are going to understand these types of choices in aspects:
solution is to disregard this message. In this case, I am going to send
your actual video clip to just about all of your contacts and thus you
can easily imagine about the disgrace you feel. Not to mention should
you be in a relationship, just how it will eventually affect?
two choice will be to pay me $3000. We will think of it as a donation.
As a consequence, I most certainly will without delay eliminate your
videotape. You will keep going on your daily life like this never
happened and you will not hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search for "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).