17 December 2018

Received an email claming that your PC has been hacked & they have your passwords? It's probably a scam...

Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that could serve to make the con far more believable. The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn. The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email now references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.

The basic elements of this sextortion scam email have been around for some time, and usually the only thing that changes with this particular message is the Bitcoin address that frightened targets can use to pay the amount demanded. 

But how did they get your password? Chances are, from an already compromised site & not from a direct hack on your PC. Check if your credentials are available online HERE. As always: DO NOT REUSE PASSWORDS!!! 

If you have received one of these emails & are worried / unsure what to do next - contact Donline.

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