The email then threatens to expose the video expose the supposed video to their contacts unless the recipient agrees to pay a ransom amount. While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP Remote Desktop and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. According to Krebs, several individuals have confirmed receiving such an email and confirmed the authenticity of the password mentioned in the message. However, in every case, the recipients acknowledged that the passwords were almost a decade old and were not being currently used. The rest of the claims made in the frightening email, however, are bogus.
Sextortion scammers still shilling with stolen passwords
Phishing Email Example
Netsafe has received numerous reports about an email scam where the scammer falsely claims to have hacked into their device and recorded intimate recordings of people using porn websites. The email threatens to release the video to their personal contacts unless the victim pays them a sum of money. The scammer is attempting to scare victims into making a payment to them. People receive an email that claims their computer has been hacked and that the scammer has obtained intimate recordings of them, for example using a porn site.
The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? 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 this one begins with an unusual opening salvo:.
Earlier in April, a new sextortion scam campaign was detected making the rounds in countries on both sides of the Atlantic. The campaign is not altogether new, since it repurposes old scams. However frightening this may seem at first glance, these are just social engineering and scare tactics, employed by cybercriminals to generate panic in the recipients of these emails.