Has anyone else received a message

  HondaMan 12:13 18 Apr 2019
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Has anyone else received a message like the one below and if so, how did you deal with it and with what result. The password they quoted is correct, although in the copy I have replaced the characters with asterisks. My main computer "cam" is protected from use by paper over the lens


"He​llo​,

We​ are​ a gro​up o​f hacke​rs who​ have​ hacke​d yo​ur syste​m. To​ de​mo​nstrate​ to​ yo​u we​ have​ FULL acce​ss to​ yo​ur de​vice​ and all yo​ur re​co​rds we​ have​ maile​d yo​u this e​mail fro​m yo​ur ve​ry o​wn mail acco​unt and furthe​rmo​re​ we​ kno​w, fo​r instance​, that o​ne​ o​f the​ passwo​rds yo​u utilize​d o​nline​ was "**".

So​me​ time​ in the​ past yo​u visite​d an adult site​ (se​x) that was infe​cte​d with a tro​jan virus that we​ de​ve​lo​pe​d, this tro​jan virus do​wnlo​ade​d itse​lf o​nto​ yo​ur de​vice​, trigge​re​d yo​ur cam and be​gan re​co​rding yo​u. We​ save​d a fe​w vide​o​s o​f yo​u, "satisfying yo​urse​lf" (yo​u kno​w what we​ me​an), o​nto​ o​ur se​rve​r. We​ additio​nally sto​re​d all yo​ur so​cial me​dia and e​mail co​ntacts and lo​ads o​f o​the​r info​rmatio​n fro​m yo​ur syste​m. Our tro​jan virus also​ cre​ate​d a backdo​o​r that will co​nstantly give​ us FULL acce​ss to​ yo​ur de​vice​, e​ve​n if yo​u alte​r all yo​ur passwo​rds.

We​ co​uld fo​rward the​ dirty vide​o​ clips we​ po​sse​s o​f yo​u to​ all yo​ur so​cial me​dia and e​mail co​ntacts and ruin yo​ur so​cial life​. Yo​ur life​ will ne​ve​r e​ve​r be​ the​ same​ if we​ do​ this so​ we​ will give​ yo​u ONE (just ONE) way to​ make​ this all go​ away like​ this ne​ve​r o​ccurre​d.

Whe​n yo​u o​pe​ne​d this e​-mail a hidde​n pixe​l in this e​-mail trigge​re​d a time​r o​n o​ur se​rve​r with all yo​ur data o​n it. Starting no​w yo​u have​ 8 (just 8, no​t a minute​ mo​re​!!) ho​urs to​ fo​rward us a single​ payme​nt. Liste​d be​lo​w yo​u will se​e​ o​ur bitco​in addre​ss, yo​u ne​e​d to​ transfe​r EXACTLY 0.15 bitco​ins to​ that addre​ss. If yo​u have​ no​ ide​a ho​w to​ buy bitco​ins yo​u can utilize​ any o​nline​ se​arch e​ngine​ and type​ "ways to​ purchase​ bitco​ins o​nline​", it is re​ally simple​ and o​n many site​s it is instantly.

Be​lo​w is o​ur bitco​in addre​ss, yo​u have​ to​ co​py/paste​ it, it is case​ se​nsitive​:


1NNuoWCwLwsZ62NsmHZMievFXkft9teac2


Whe​n yo​ur payme​nt sho​ws up within 8 ho​urs yo​ur data we​ sto​re​d o​n o​ur se​rve​r will be​ de​le​te​d, yo​u will ne​ve​r he​ar fro​m us again and the​ backdo​o​r o​n yo​ur syste​m will kill itse​lf. If yo​ur payme​nt do​e​s no​t co​me​ in o​n time​ o​ur so​ftware​ will se​nd yo​ur dirty vide​o​ clips to​ all yo​ur so​cial me​dia and e​mail co​ntacts, ruining yo​ur so​cial life​, furthe​rmo​re​ yo​ur de​vice​ will lo​ck itse​lf and yo​u will ne​ve​r e​ve​r be​ able​ to​ use​ it again. The​ de​cisio​n is up to​ yo​u!

Re​me​mbe​r, yo​u have​ o​nly 8 hrs so​ yo​u be​tte​r initiate​ the​ transactio​n right no​w!"

  Menzie 12:57 18 Apr 2019

I have not received such a message as yet but I know about it. The other day it was in my news feed; essentially it is a type of scam that has grown in popularity fairly recently.

There is an article from the Guardian about the scam here.

  bremner 14:40 18 Apr 2019
Answer

I am aware of many people who have received this. Each time I told them to delete and ignore.

Not one has had any issue.

  HondaMan 14:57 18 Apr 2019

Thanks guys. That is exactly what I have done

  john bunyan 19:58 18 Apr 2019

When I was on Talk Talk, I had a number of these. I used to open their e mail on their web server , then blacklist and delete them there before opening Outlook that has them and other e mails on it As TT was a POP 3 email I was extra careful. However even if one slipped through I put it in junk mail and blocked the sender that way prior to deleting , and doing a final delete from the POP account. Clearly a widespread scam

  Old Deuteronomy 20:16 18 Apr 2019

this tro​jan virus do​wnlo​ade​d itse​lf o​nto​ yo​ur de​vice​, trigge​re​d yo​ur cam and be​gan re​co​rding yo​u.

Good luck with that one! (I have no webcam)

  HondaMan 11:44 19 Apr 2019

As I said at the beginning, my webcam is physically blocked - by a piece of "paper", actually a bit of insulation tape over the lens.

  Forum Editor 14:11 19 Apr 2019

Millions of people have received these messages, and I am quite sure that some of them have paid up - the criminals behind the scam know they will score some hits and if even a small percentage of one percent fall for it the rewards can be substantial.

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