Did you recently receive an email of hacked mailbox with one of your old passwords and threat to transfer amount in bitcoin account?
People are being harassed by a horrifying new email scam where hackers claim they theft your password and hacked your webcam etc. It’s a new type of scam. The attacker possibly took your password from a publicly available database of old leaked passwords and email addresses. The emails are slightly different depending on who’s being attacked, but they all have a few similar features:
- Email sender and receiver is normally your own email account.
- 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, usually $500 or $1,200 worth.
If you also receiving these type of emails then just ignore these emails and change your email account password quickly. 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.
Here’s one example of that scam email.
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