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- October 2, 2018 at 9:56 am #1005justinebravoGuest
Hi. I received an email with subject “Your Secret Life” and the display name of recipient is my actual email password. I have no plans of paying the hackers because I believed that this is just a scam. However, my only worry is how they got my password and how to deal with this kind of attack. Please tell me what to do to avoid this kind of hackers in the future.
By the way, the actual email contains the following messages:
I’m a member of an international hacker group.
As you could probably have guessed, your account [email address] was hacked, because I sent message you from it.
Now I have access to you accounts!
For example, your password for [email address] is [email password]
Within a period from July 7, 2018 to September 23, 2018, you were infected by the virus we’ve created, through an adult website you’ve visited. So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers. Moreover, we’ve gotten full damps of these data.
We are aware of your little and big secrets…yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..
But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched! I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one…
Transfer $700 to our Bitcoin wallet: 1Lughwk11SAsz54wZJ3bpGbNqGfVanMWzk
If you don’t know about Bitcoin please input in Google “buy BTC”. It’s really easy.
I guarantee that after that, we’ll erase all your “data” 😀
A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.
Your data will be erased once the money are transferred. If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.
You should always think about your security. We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
Take care of yourself.October 2, 2018 at 3:55 pm #1009Peter GGuest
I got the same email. The password posted is mostly correct (not accurate re: the case of the letters) and an older one that I don’t use anymore but definitely unnerving. I am following this thread to see what folks suggest.October 2, 2018 at 4:40 pm #1010DagmaraGuest
I got the exact same email on Sept 27th but found it today in my junk mail. However, the password given in the email is completely incorrect and not even close to my actual one. I am also going to follow this thread to see what others do.October 2, 2018 at 7:37 pm #1011FauxGuest
I got this email. It is fake. Probably from a data breach from 2 years ago as it contains an old password. Just delete it and don’t worry. It said it hacked my webcam but my laptop doesn’t have a webcam. Plus when they said they sent an email from your own email it’s spoofed. It’s a very clever scam but completely fake.October 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm #1012WayneGuest
I got one too, think im gonna pay, il be mortified if my old dear seen a video of me beating my bishop, to tranny midgets being fisted!October 4, 2018 at 1:20 am #1013DidjiGuest
I also got almost exactly the same e-mail, but asking for $800, not $700. I don’t know how they got footage of me from a computer that does not have a camera. Also the password they claim to have hacked is not a password that I currently, or ever have used for e-mail. It is, however, a password that I used years ago for an account on Monster.com, which has long since been closed/cancelled. I dimly recall reading that Monster.com had a data breach a few years ago, so I’m presuming that’s where the alleged e-mail password might have come from. I know that the “from” field can be fairly easily spoofed, so I’m not too worried about it. Apart from the fact that I can’t pay, I don’t think I would pay in the first place because the whole thing comes across as a scam — it is an attempt to scare recipients into maying a large amount of money. I’ve gotten about a half dozen of these e-mails over the past 3 months, so I think this is all bark and no bite.October 4, 2018 at 2:22 pm #1014I DON’T WANT TO MAKE AN ACCOUNTGuest
exact same thing happened to me got it October 1st in spam. and it was wrong i do admit i was using that password for a long time then i changed it and now i changed it again to a random password generator. the funny thing is the threat. I WILL TELL PEOPLE YOU WATCH P_RN OHHH SO SCARY. like really ? so ok he will tell my friends. WHO DOSE NOT MAST_RBAT_ ? my family… ok so what ? and the best part is my intimate one. XD i don’t have a girlfriend and jacking off to p_rn is not making me any closer. NOT TO MENTION not only is the password incorrect but also i have it set up to use a google 2 step authentication to verify my log in, so he would need MY MOBILE PHONE to hack me. ALSO i get an email from google any time i log into my account. in other words he is a fake. what i do want to know is how did he guess my old password. and how did he send the email from my address to me ? like its a scam a fake, google detected it as such, but still that is scary shit. i did a FULL virus scan on my rig and doing one now on my laptop and the searches came out clean [other then false positives from pirating video games. but i always had them :D] so from now on i use a random password generator and then i use a site that determines how strong it is and i decide to use it or not. i then write them into note pad and keep them safe. i swear who falls for this crap ? the hacking and password guessing part is scary, but leaking p_rn ? wow he is desperate XD. i keep my rig clean and taken care off there is no way i can get hacked… [well except for that one time]October 5, 2018 at 12:49 am #1015MFixerGuest
Most victims’ claims that email passwords were incorrect or old. This only shows that attacker is using data from old security breaches. The message is just a typical blackmail scam that is targeting email users. This is concerning only to people who spent time browsing explicit websites. Even though, it is still not advisable to pay the fee. Just delete the message and keep your account more secure by doing the following:
1. Optionally you can check if your email address has been compromised in data breach using the tool at haveibeenpwned.
2. Scan the computer with own anti-virus application. We also suggest double-checking with anti-malware tool that you can download free from these links.
– Malwarebytes Ant-Malware for PC
– Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac
3. Change your email password right away. Make it complex. Use capital letters, numbers, and special characters. (ex: My6*pAs5W0r+d)October 6, 2018 at 5:04 am #1031Amy RGuest
Thanks for posting this. I got something similar to this. Twice. It’s unnerving since it did have an old PW correct. I’d love to respond to say go for it …but that’s adding fuel to an impotent fire lol
It’s been in my spam folder each time.October 8, 2018 at 9:51 pm #1037H AGuest
Had this same email a few days ago, showing me a very old password for my email. Claiming to have sensitive data from my PC which is just, family photos and university work. Doesn’t seem real as most hackers present images of you on the email or videos of you. I have my camera covered with a sticker and also have set up an alert if anyone logs into my email from an unknown device. I am very careful in general about where I save my email, this doesn’t seem real and on the off chance it is, there’s nothing I have that would ruin my life if leaked lol.October 9, 2018 at 5:16 am #1038OmnigeekGuest
I’ve been getting the same email with different subject lines across multiple addresses for a few weeks. It’s completely bogus. They seem to have got an email-password cross-reference table from some old data breaches and are spamming people to find the occasional sucker who will pay them due to a guilty conscience.
If you pay, you are just confirming an email address with something to hide — and that the password in question may still be valid.October 11, 2018 at 5:36 am #1039Rachel BurnsGuest
I got this too. I used to work in the s…..x industry so who cares if people see my bits. I tried to reply with “I don’t care at all, here’s some links to my other work” alas, there was no address. Disappointed.October 11, 2018 at 9:11 am #1040IAN BENNETTGuest
Yes gotten heaps of them. If they had been real it would be good as I do want to see my video. Oh does it help if I have a webcam?October 24, 2018 at 10:57 am #1046nonamerGuest
I just found the same email in my spam folder.
First of all, there was no such mail in the sent folder.
It bothers me that the password is correctly my old one.