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Is the Porn Blackmail Scam Real?

by on March 12, 2018
in Computer Safety & Support, News, Computers and Software, Blog :: 574 comments

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What would you do if you received an email from someone claiming to have hacked your computer and recorded you via your webcam while you were engaged in watching porn, then threatening to send the video to everyone in your email and social media contact lists if you don’t pay a $260 ransom? Would you pay the ransom? Even if you’ve never viewed porn, what if they made the same threat to reveal the private details of all your emails?

This is exactly the situation some of our readers found themselves in recently, and they contacted us for help on how to proceed.

Here is an example of one the emails [grammatical errors left intact]:

Good Morning my friend. I represent the group of web criminals in Iran. I use this mail address because we think that you will check it. Few times ago my team put the virus on web-site with porn and as far as you clicked on a play button your system started shooting your screen and activating camera to capture you self-abusing. Eventually I mean you understand what compromising evidence Ive earned. Moreover, this software made your device act as dedicated server with plenty of functions like keylogger, parser etc. To sum up, my software picked all data, especially all your contacts from messengers, e-mails, social networks. If you wanna make me silent you must make a transaction of 260 dollars with bitcoin. 1K2auXQEKz7Ro8cRa2xr3bAPV2n6KT5vi1 You must use it as usual credit card number. If you send bitcoins nobody will see your shame. Watch youtube manuals about methods of buing BTC... I can offer you this exchanger: localbitoins.com.  If you have a problem with this, you can search comfortable ATM for bitcoin at coin atm radar. I give you no more than twenty four hours since you read our message to pay. You can complain cops, but they can not find us I use bot network, and of course we live abroad. If you want us to show proofs we will share it to seven mates from your data after that you will be given their contacts. So you will ask them if something strange was received about you. For some questions just reply. Dont be fullish, AmAZinGcRackeR$.

Scary, right? And there have been instances where victims’ computers were hacked, they were filmed in various states of undress (or worse) and then blackmailed that may make this threat seem all too real. But there are several indications that this is nothing more than a phishing scam, hoping to rope in active porn watchers with false threats (an easy demographic to target via mass email given that the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub.com, gets 75 million visitors PER DAY).

First, there is nothing in the email that demonstrates they know anything personally about you: it’s not addressed to you by name and there’s no detail about what site you supposedly visited and when. Nor did they supply a screenshot of the “self-abusing” they allege to have captured. In fact, they are explicitly discouraging you from asking for proof, by threatening to share said “proofs” with your “mates” if you ask. That is completely contrary to how we would expect a real hacker/blackmailer to act – if I wanted to scare the bejesus out of you to get you to pay, the first thing I would do is show you a compromising screen capture to prove that this is very, very real.

Another red flag is that when our readers ran scans using antimalware tools, no malware was detected. Antimalware tools aren’t perfect, but the better ones should have picked up the type of remote administration tool (RAT) described in the email.

Searching the web, there are reports of people receiving similar email scams, going back at least to last fall. The wording of the email varies, including where the scammers claim they’re from, the nature of their threat and the amount of money being demanded. Some people are falling for them, but fortunately not many. I researched a selection of the bitcoin accounts used in these scams and none of the emails had duped more than a handful of victims.

Unfortunately, these scams will likely continue and morph into new threats as the ubiquity of bitcoin makes it easier for scammers to hide behind these accounts and for victims to pay.

So, if you get one of these emails, should you pay the ransom before all your friends find out what you’ve been up to?

The answer is no, don’t be “fullish”.

[EDITOR'S NOTE REGARDING PASSWORD APPEARING IN THE EMAIL SCAM 7/12/18: A number of people have posted in the comments that they received a version of the email which includes a real password they've used in the past. Does this mean that they should be concerned? The answer is No and Yes. No, you shouldn't be concerned that your computer was hacked and you were actually filmed watching porn - it's still a scam. But, yes, you should be concerned that your password has been leaked through a data breach. Security researcher Troy Hunt has uncovered more than 500 million passwords leaked through these breaches. That password in the email was likely one of them. 

If it is still an active password for you, the scam email should be a big wake up call that you need to ensure you are using unique and secure passwords for every one of your accounts. We strongly recommend a password manager like Dashlane or 1Password , which will automatically check your passwords to see if they have been revealed in a breach and help you create unique, secure ones for every site.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE WARNING ABOUT ATTACHMENTS 7/20/18: One reader reported receiving an attachment titled "Invoice" with the porn scam email. If you get an attachment, DO NOT OPEN IT. Email attachments are one of the primary ways hackers use to install malware on your computer, which could turn this fake malware scam into a very real one.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT EMAIL SPOOFING 10/19/18: Many readers are commenting that the porn blackmail email appears to be sent from their own email address, causing added concern the hacking claims may be real. But don't be fooled. Email spoofing has been around for long time and is relatively easy to do. Usually the message headers will reveal the true sending email address. Here's how to tell if an email has been spoofed.]

[EDITOR'S NOTE ABOUT WORK VS PERSONAL EMAILS 1/21/19: A number of people are expressing concern in the comments that the blackmail email is coming to their work email, instead of their personal email (or both). It doesn't matter — an email address is a email address as far as this scam goes. Billions of emails have been leaked over the years, many of those from business-focused services such as Dropbox, LinkedIn and Adobe. If I check to see which of my email addresses have been involved in breaches, my work email has been breached many more times than my personal email.

[Image credit: Man in a dark room at a computer via BigStockPhoto]



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Received an email like that in my Outlook inbox a week ago

From E. on February 07, 2019 :: 6:49 pm

It was sitting in my junk folder - I check it from time to time so that legit emails wouldn’t get lost. It was phrased similarly to what other people have posted before me. I checked the date when I got the scam email and it did scare me a lot - I received it a day after Google sent me a warning about someone trying to access my gmail (the attempt was supposedly stopped and I changed my password immediately after I got the warning). I went and changed other passwords as well, just in case.
My sender was <sqesw@tdwix.com> (with my email name as their own)
Ransom - $999
BitCoin address they game me - 1DG8pnwK9vdevHjB1nfDQRUmyYVJyPQNf9

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I should add that my

From E. on February 07, 2019 :: 6:53 pm

I should add that my scam email didn’t include a deadline for payment :D

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Porn Blackmail sent from my own email address

From montater on February 09, 2019 :: 11:16 pm

Hi, all

I got an email right from my email box(work email), so it is not a question they have my current password and all my contacts, which I changed in meantime and turned on the 2 step verification.
The email content is quite similar. What do you think, they just found out my pass because I was stupid using a pass I use on several pages. This doesn’t mean they have reached my camera and things they wrote in email, does it?

the email:
Hi, your account has been infected! It will be good idea to change the pswd right away!
You probably do not heard about me and you may be probably wondering why you’re getting this particular email, is it right?
I am ahacker who openedyour emailand OStwo months ago.
Don’t make an attempt to msg me or look for me, it is impossible, considering that I forwarded you an email from YOUR hacked account.
I have set up malware software to the adult vids (porn) site and suppose that you spent time on this website to enjoy it (you realize what I really mean).
Whilst you have been taking a look at these “great” vids, your browser began to act like a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger that provided me the ability to access your screen and web camera.
After that, my programobtainedall info.
You put passwords on the websites you visited, and I caught them.
Of course, you’ll be able to modify each of them, or possibly already changed them.
But it does not matter, my malware renews needed data every 5 minutes.
And what I have done?
I got a backup of every your system. Of all files and personal contacts.
I got a dual-screen video recording. The first part presents the film you were observing (you have got a very good taste, ha-ha…), the second part demonstrates the movie from your web camera.
What actually should you do?
Well, I believe, 500 USD is a fair price for our small riddle. You will do the payment by bitcoins (if you do not recognize this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
My bitcoin wallet address:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Important:
You will have only 48 hours in order to make the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this email, and at the moment I understand that you have read this email).
To trackthe reading of a letterand the activityin it, I utilizea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Anything thatcan be usedfor the authorities should helpus.)

In the event I do not get bitcoins, I will certainly direct your video files to all your contacts, such as relatives, co-workers, ?etc?.

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scam

From destiny on February 12, 2019 :: 11:18 am

lol i just receving that
, my passeword mentionned as old i have two authentator now , and i dint have any cam ! XD
and i dont have any intrustion is an fake

I am aware [old passeword ] is one of your pass. Lets get directly to purpose. Neither anyone has compensated me to check you. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail?
actually, i actually installed a malware on the X vids (porn material) site and there’s more, you visited this web site to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were viewing video clips, your web browser began functioning as a RDP that has a keylogger which provided me with accessibility to your screen and also web camera. after that, my software program collected your complete contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and emailaccount. after that i created a video. First part shows the video you were watching (you have a nice taste hehe), and next part displays the recording of your web cam, yeah its u.


You will have 2 options. We are going to explore each of these solutions in aspects:
First solution is to dismiss this email message. in this situation, i am going to send out your very own tape to all your your personal contacts and then you can easily imagine regarding the disgrace you experience. Moreover if you happen to be in a romantic relationship, exactly how it is going to affect?
2nd choice is to compensate me $868. Let us call it a donation. in this scenario, i will straight away erase your video recording. You will keep going everyday life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.

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Similar email

From Israel on February 12, 2019 :: 5:38 pm

I got this email today that was supposedly sent from my email. However, gmail transferred it directly to the spam inbox and gmail notified me that someone unknown logged in to my email. It looks like a scam, it’s an email just like the ones discussed above, but it is stressing, it is just a scam right?

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It is just a scam

From TBE on February 13, 2019 :: 6:18 am

By reading all these emails and reading mine email I can evaluate it is absolute scam.

None of this emails have something more specific like name of your Friends on social media, Nothing like what web browser you are using, Nothing what is actually on your desktop just plain indirect words that they got something on you.

Beh password breaches was there before and still be there in future.

I never paid to these people, just got another similar email later but still none of my friends has received some video about me having fun on these videos.

Just don’t fall for this. When we stop supporting such things then they disappear soon because they realize there is zero profit and people are not falling for that.

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Definitely fake

From Greg on February 13, 2019 :: 8:29 am

I got one.  Had a moment of “lol” because, well, all it would do to me would embarrass me and that’s not a big deal.

Anyway, they claim they had a pixel tracker in the email, which is *easy* to check if you can view the HTML source of the message.

No <img> tag, no tracker. No tracker, no way this could possibly be real.

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Fed up with these annoying emails

From Sue Davies on February 16, 2019 :: 5:59 pm

I’ve been getting waves of these scam emails for the last 3 months or so.  Fortunately, my junk mail filters now get rid of most of them, but some mornings there’s been 10 or 20 of them in my junk folder.  I’ve even had them in Chinese!

The email account is an old Pipex account, which I’ve known to be compromised for some time - I’m phasing out its use.  I think the password was stolen in one of the TalkTalk data hacks.  Unfortunately, Pipex is a legacy system and TalkTalk, which now owns it, no longer supports it and have made it incredibly difficult to change the password, which is plain daft.

Most of the spam emails don’t give the correct password anyway, but variations on it.  I notice the blackmailers seem to be dropping their “price”, so hopefully business is falling off and perhaps this plague will eventually stop. I’m surprised anyone still falls for this.

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Instagram Breach

From Don Quixote on February 18, 2019 :: 4:56 am

Someone in Russia hacked my Instagram account and got my email address and Instagram password, which I no haven’t used for my email address in years. They sent me one of these porn blackmail emails four days ago, and nothing has happened. Don’t pay these scammers *anything*!

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Just received one

From Phil B on February 19, 2019 :: 11:05 am

I got this email yesterday. I used an email header tool and discovered that he was using email servers registered to Project Runway in Virginia and Google in California. The ip addresses of his email servers were not secure: They failed authentication tests and is not DMARC Compliant and the DKIM-Signature Not Verified.

Adams Fabi <lgmilowpm@outlook.com>

I know WineF00t one of your passwords. Lets get right to purpose. Nobody has paid me to investigate you. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this mail?

actually, i installed a software on the 18+ videos (porn) website and you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). When you were watching video clips, your browser initiated functioning as a RDP with a key logger which provided me with access to your display as well as web camera. immediately after that, my software program collected your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email account. Next i made a video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste lol), and next part shows the view of your web cam, & its u. 
You got 2 choices. We should read these types of possibilities in aspects:

Very first option is to just ignore this email. in this case, i am going to send your very own video to all of your contacts and thus just imagine about the awkwardness you experience. and consequently if you are in an important relationship, how this will affect?

2nd solution should be to pay me $969. We are going to regard it as a donation. as a result, i will without delay erase your video recording. You will continue your daily routine like this never occurred and you would never hear back again from me.
You’ll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don’t know this, search ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in Google search engine). 

BTC address:
1JzxooWQEDbkSWtmXNAd3mryy3EKm63U7f
[casesensitive, copy and paste it]

if you have been thinking about going to the law, good, this message cannot be traced back to me. I have covered my actions. i am not looking to ask you for money a whole lot, i prefer to be paid. i have a specific pixel in this email message, and at this moment i know that you have read this email. You have one day to make the payment. if i do not get the BitCoins, i definitely will send your video recording to all of your contacts including close relatives, colleagues, etc. However, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording right away. it is a nonnegotiable offer that being said please don’t waste my personal time and yours by replying to this email. if you need proof, reply Yeah and i definitely will send your video to your 8 contacts.

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I've clicked on the link! What should I do now!??

From Monique on March 01, 2019 :: 2:48 pm

Hi!

I have received this e-mail, but I was stupid and clicked on one of the links. I didn’t download any attachment, just clicked on a link. The link seemed real. It was a yahoogroup link named after one of my college’s group. And it had our photo and description text in Portuguese (my mother language), even though the e-mail I received was in English. Other than that, the e-mail account utilize to send me thise e-mail had the same name of my college group and was from yahoo.
The link I clicked in was this one below:
http://br.groups.yahoo.com/group/cinquentoesufba/

It seemed legit. But now I’m concerned there might have been a malware in there. What should I do???

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The link is real

From Josh Kirschner on March 01, 2019 :: 8:02 pm

The link takes you to a real Yahoo page, so there shouldn’t be any malware. But you are right to be cautious of clicking links in emails like these.

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I found a virus

From MONIQUE on March 03, 2019 :: 4:40 pm

I bought Norton, scanned my computer, and the antivirus found a virus. It was taken care of very easily, and I also changed my e-mail accout password. But before I the antivirus killed the virus, I was trying to open google chrome and it wasn’t working. After the scanning, it went back to normal.

Also, I had used Norton trial version less than a month ago and had no signs of viruses before. My computer has less than 3 months of use. So I think that link might have had a virus. I hope it was all taken care of. Because this is new computer. It would be really annoying to have to format it. :(

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Recv’d 2/27/19

From Master Bater Mark 😝 on March 03, 2019 :: 7:53 am

Hello!

I have very bad news for you.
11/10/2018 - on this day I hacked your OS and got full access to your account mpgoeller@verizon.net

So, you can change the password, yes… But my malware intercepts it every time.

How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I’m talk you about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!

And I got an idea….
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!

I’m know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $733 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 1AaSQ56Uzp6p5rU3hsPU8UNLZ5w6EVoyCK

You do not know how to use bitcoins?
Enter a query in any search engine: “how to replenish btc wallet”.
It’s extremely easy

For this payment I give you two days (48 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.

After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your “enjoys”.

I hope you understand your situation.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker

I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.

Do not hold evil! I just do my job.
Have a nice day!

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It is a scam

From TBE on March 04, 2019 :: 5:57 am

How can someone take this email seriously about locking your PC. They didn’t include any data from your PC… how can they think someone going to fall for this without an evidence…

Email name and by some luck matched password because you used the same one password on a website where your Email got leaked is a Zero proof…

Really people don’t take these emails seriously…

And also don’t use same password on your email.

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Do not worry about this scam

From Alex Molochnikov on March 06, 2019 :: 2:54 pm

I received a few of these in one day about a week ago. The “secret pixel” planted in the e-mail is the funniest BS I ever heard. This just does not exist, the scammer bets on the computer illiteracy of the majority of his recipients.

I checked the header of the e-mail, it originated from the city of Rostov (Russia).

Ignore this garbage, do not try to respond and, of course, do not pay.

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Don't pay them!

From BB on March 19, 2019 :: 10:32 am

I’ve been receiving about two of these a week for at least a year and have reported it to the FBI.

I couldn’t resist the temptation to reply to these jerks today, telling them to go F*ck themselves and that they aren’t getting a penny from me. I also told them that every time they send me one of these letters, I report it to the FBI.

Will they stop? Probably not!

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another scam email - sharing their bitcoin number

From zafar on March 19, 2019 :: 12:03 pm

Hi I got similar email, you can check this address out to see if it is one of the ones you are already familiar with.

It was sent to me as a pasted page rather than typed, and from my work email or so it seems

I was not able to paste it here so I will type the address where they wanted me to send $1,000 to and I have not and will not send it:

19NvSS99KhNXTfEG9bU7usADMVXJCNBbze

thanks

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Thank you so much!

From Thank you on March 22, 2019 :: 1:13 pm

Oh my fuck,

Thank you so much for this page, and all the comments.
I almost die from a panic attack when I received that email, it’s really not the way I like/wants to get fucked! 

Worst case scenario, I can burn my computer, change country, change name and forget all about my previous life, right?

Thank you so much for the person who made the comment “everybody watches porn” - you made my day.

The thing that scared me the most was, they actually have a password I use… and the number of contacts was the number of contacts in my Mac app *contacts*, the password was also from my mac. But my webcam is covered (I’m not saying I watch a lot of porn… but hey!) - that comment about being the biggest pervert on the word make me laugh, thank you! 

I do not have a time limit, like most of you guys, so not sure what do I do with that ...
Do you think I can pay when I’ll won the lottery or something?

As I went for copy and paste this e-mail, I realize, each blank is filled with my password. AWESOME

Here’s my version :

******** is your passwords. Lets get directly to the point. Not one person has compensated me to investigate you. You don’t know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this email? 

in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (pornography) web site and you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what i mean). While you were viewing videos, your web browser initiated functioning as a Remote Desktop with a key logger which gave me accessibility to your screen and also cam. Right after that, my software obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as emailaccount. and then i created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste haha . . .), and next part shows the view of your web camera, yea its you.

You will have just two choices. Let us analyze these types of choices in particulars:

1st option is to ignore this email message. in this situation, i most certainly will send your video to each of your your personal contacts and imagine regarding the shame that you receive. Keep in mind should you be in a romance, how it will certainly affect?

2nd choice will be to give me USD 966. Let us refer to it as a donation. as a result, i will quickly eliminate your video footage. You could keep everyday life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.


You’ll make the payment via Bi‌tco‌in (if you do not know this, search ‘how to buy b‌itcoi‌n’ in Google search engine).

B‌T‌C‌ ad‌dre‌ss: *!*#!@*#

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if you are thinking about going to the law, good, this e-mail cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. i am not attempting to ask you for a whole lot, i just like to be paid for. right now if i don’t get the ‌bi‌tco‌in‌, i definitely will send your video to all of your contacts including membe rs of your family, colleagues, and so forth. Having said that, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording right away. If you want proof, reply with Yea! then i will send out your video to your 12 contacts. This is a non:negotiable offer, and thus please do not waste my time and yours by responding to this mail.

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You're welcome!

From Josh Kirschner on March 22, 2019 :: 4:54 pm

Let us know when you win the lottery.

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Hacker emails in SPAM.

From Adnan on March 23, 2019 :: 8:31 am

I have received few emails from hackers in spam folder claiming they have recorded my video of musterbation and i have to pay some amount for this or else my video will be send to all my friends in facebook. another email saying that he will be notified as i have opened the email and i have few days left to make the payment.
Also one email from CIA(but i have checked the ip belongs to NL-Amsterdam) also asking me to pay money as i have been tracked for watching porn.
So i want to ask you is it safe to reply to their emails and abusing them:-)

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please help - pwend!

From es on April 09, 2019 :: 10:32 am

I got an email as spam with my name and my old password..

So i read article and checked my mail address at haveibeenpwned.com..
and it says PWNED,
Pwned on 5 breached sites and found no pastes (subscribe to search sensitive breaches).

What should i do? I am really really worried!!
Please Help!

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changed password..

From es on April 09, 2019 :: 10:54 am

immediately i changed my password, but don’t know what to do..

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Nothing you can do

From Josh Kirschner on April 09, 2019 :: 11:08 am

Welcome to the crowd. At this point it would probably be a surprise if your email address hasn’t been pwned at least once (my work email has been pwned 16 times, so I’ve got your beat).

But there’s no reason to get overly worried about it. Having your email address isn’t much different than someone having your phone number. As long as your password hasn’t been breached, there’s not much someone can do with your email address other than send you annoying phishing or scam emails, so just be cautious of the emails you receive.

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Thanks for your quick response.At

From es on April 09, 2019 :: 11:28 am

Thanks for your quick response.
At first, i worried as hell after seen scam..
then read article and relief.
then i check my mail address, again worried

Sorry, i have lots of question on my mind..
And i am a little bit scared because there is linkedin website in the breached sites list.
And in the scam mail, i go over contact detail and saw something about Linkedin..

But my Linkedin account password is not that password..

Actually, that password is my old password, now i use it at my vpn address..

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I understand this:Pwned means they

From es on April 09, 2019 :: 11:41 am

I understand this:

Pwned means they have my email address and old password but not my actual password..

And they can not reach or send anything to my contacts and the people that i connect..

And because they have my email, they may keep sending this type of mail to me?

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It depends

From Josh Kirschner on April 09, 2019 :: 12:15 pm

If your email address is found in the haveibeenpwned.com, you need to look at the specific breaches mentioned to see what data was revealed. In some bad cases, passwords may also have been leaked, or even certain types of contact/friend information.

Regardless, the most important thing is to use strong, unique passwords for every site and a password manager to help manage those passwords.

And yes, you will continue to receive spam emails, of all types, for the rest of your life. Something to look forward to…

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Compromised data

From es on April 09, 2019 :: 12:41 pm

In the haveibeenpwned.com, it says this in the breached sites:

LinkedIn: In May 2016, LinkedIn had 164 million email addresses and passwords exposed. Originally hacked in 2012, the data remained out of sight until being offered for sale on a dark market site 4 years later. The passwords in the breach were stored as SHA1 hashes without salt, the vast majority of which were quickly cracked in the days following the release of the data.

Compromised data: Email addresses, Passwords

I am scared to login my account..

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That is exactly why you should login and change your password

From Josh Kirschner on April 10, 2019 :: 11:40 am

It’s possible your LinkedIn password has been compromised for years. Meaning, someone could steal your account and use it to conduct phishing or other scams. So whenever you’re affected by a breach like this, it’s critical that you log in ASAP and change your password. Sign up for the Haveibeenpwned service that will notify you when your email has been involved in a breach so you can take quick action.

And, if you were sharing that password across other sites, those logins are now compromised, too. So get a password manager like Dashlane or 1Password which tells you if you’re using any passwords that are unsafe and helps you pick new, secure ones.

There’s nothing to be scared of if you take control of your information.

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Thanksfully, i changed my password..Normally,

From es on April 10, 2019 :: 1:00 pm

Thanksfully, i changed my password..Normally, i don’t want to change my unique password since it is hard to remember.. If i had to change, change it a little.. But now i understand, this is wrong..and yes password manager should be used.
And how an earth Linkedin does not care enough about this..it should protect users accounts.

Even so i changed my password on 3 websites on the leaked website list..
However,there is still 2 more sites with “unverified” tag.. I dont know that sites, understand anything. One of them is like Russion or something..

I think, i am going to close my mail account..
and i appreciate your help..

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Just noticed one in my junk folder

From KC on April 13, 2019 :: 8:51 am

Saw his in my junk folder today…funny thing the date they have attached to it is 07-04-2019…a date that has yet to occur lo. Still freaked me out, wondering if I should change all of my passwords to be safe:

On 07-04-2019

Greetings.. .


The following won’t take a lot of your time,therefore right to the issue.I obtained a movie of you taking your turn at the self-serve station when at a pornpage you are visited,because of a great arse software program I’ve managed to put on a few internet sites with that type of content.

You press play and all digital cameras and a mic begin working it also saves every darn thing from your personal computer, for example contacts,security passwords or crap like dat,think just where i obtained this e mail from?) So now we all know who i will deliver that to,in case you not necessarily gonna settle this along with me.

I am going to put a wallet address below for you to send me 740 $ in Three dayz max through btc.See, it’s not that large of a total to cover,guess this can make me not that awful of a person.

You’re allowed to try and do what ever the shit you wish to,but in case i won’t see the total amount in the period of time stated above,clearly…u by now know what may happen.

Thus it is your responsibility at this point.I’m not gonna move through everything and shit,just simply ain’t got time for that as well as you likely know that internet is filled with letters like this,so it is as well your decision to believe in this not really,there is only a proven way to uncover

Thѐ following is my btc addrѐss- ” 1J7uHaMeKV9aoYLB5bLmTUuzYeY7Cbicvf “

Proof attached,will be deleted after viewing.. .

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Same

From Hate Hackers on April 17, 2019 :: 7:35 pm

I received a similar email last sunday and I confess I was pretty shook. I can see they are still spreading around, so be careful!

I do know xxx is your pass words. Lets get directly to purpose. No person has compensated me to check about you. You don’t know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail?
Well, i actually placed a malware on the adult video clips (porn) web-site and guess what, you visited this website to have fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser began functioning as a Remote control Desktop having a keylogger which provided me access to your screen and also web cam. immediately after that, my software obtained all of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, and emailaccount. after that i created a video. First part shows the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste : )), and next part shows the recording of your cam, yeah its u.

You get two possibilities. We are going to read each of these solutions in details:

1st choice is to disregard this e mail. as a consequence, i will send out your very own video to almost all of your personal contacts and thus think concerning the humiliation you experience. and as a consequence in case you are in an affair, how it can affect?

in the second place solution will be to give me USD 986. We will think of it as a donation. Then, i will without delay delete your video footage. You could go on everyday life like this never happened and you are never going to hear back again from me.

You will make the payment through Bi‌tco‌in (if you don’t know this, search for ‘how to buy b‌itcoi‌n’ in Google search engine).

B‌T‌C‌ ad‌dre‌ss: 18NJFfwV6KjFCkAikJfvxrLDiqnbHTrJgK

in case you are thinking about going to the authorities, look, this email can not be traced back to me. I have covered my steps. i am just not trying to charge a fee much, i just want to be paid for. read through%} this emaigK if i don’t receive the ‌bi‌tco‌in‌, i will, no doubt send your video recording to all of your contacts including members of your family, co-workers, and so on. Having said that, if i receive the payment, i’ll destroy the video immediately. If you want to have proof, reply Yes! and i will certainly send your video to your 15 contacts. This is a non:negotiable offer, so please don’t waste my personal time & yours by responding to this e-mail.

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Payback?

From Erik on April 30, 2019 :: 4:39 am

My case is similar to many I’ve read on this forum. They have sent a very old real password. I don´t give a furry rat’s ass about their threats, since the only device I watch porn doesn´t even have a webcam attached. Maybe you cannot answer this, but I’d like to answer back with a good threat that includes hacking the email address of the sender. Is this possible? Or, in other words, if you were them, what would be a scary answer from one of you blakmailees? Thanks!

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Not much point in doing that

From Josh Kirschner on April 30, 2019 :: 8:28 am

These guys are sending from hacked email addresses which they likely will never check or use again, so not much point in sending anything back. Plus, there’s little you could realistically threaten them with, anyhow. Just ignore it and don’t waste any more time on these scumbags.

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Shame, I'd really love to

From Erik on April 30, 2019 :: 7:36 pm

Shame, I’d really love to kick their ass. Anyway, thanks for the advice, Josh.

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Boyd Bennett Boyd@9856 Blackmail/Extortion Email $800

From I'm No Fool! on April 30, 2019 :: 1:33 pm

Boyd Bennett <Boyd57@9856.com>
To:
(my email address)
Apr 28 at 9:30 AM
Hi!
I know that: (XXXXXXX) is your password!
I infected you with my private malware, RAT, (Remote Administration Tool) some time ago.
My malware gave me full control over your computer, access to all your accounts, I even can turn your webcam or microphone on, yes such things exist, if you didn’t knew, google it!

Since then I’m collecting all your private stuff like photos, videos, all contacts and everything else.

I also made a few videos of you over your webcam, very embarrassing videos I can tell you, LOL!!!

What you think will happen, if everyone will see your private stuff, togheter with that videos?!

I’m pretty sure your life will turn into hell after that…

But, you can stop me, I give you the chance!

Send me exactly 800$ in bitcoin ( BTC ), if you don’t know where to buy them, Google - “Where to buy bitcoin?”

Your wallet you can register here:
www.login.blockchain.com/en/#/signup

My wallet is: 1DpFZwfeSDd8cPi4US6DY6oh9Crbk8YEay
Copy and paste my wallet, it’s (cAsE sensetive.
After receiving the payment, I will delete the videos, and everything else.
I give you 3 days to get the bitcoins.
Since I already have access to your computer, I know when you read this email.
This all isn’t a joke, you know that above you got the proof and I keep my words, I will publish everything!
Don’t share this email with anyone, this should stay our little secret!
MessageID

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Boyd Bennett Boyd@9856 Blackmail/Extortion Email $800

From I'm No Fool! on April 30, 2019 :: 1:47 pm

...and THAT is the exact reason I have tape over my webcam! I’ve never used a webcam in my life, BUT, I have honestly wondered about someone taking over my camera, so that’s why I’ve covered it.

I knew it was a scam immediately! But if my webcam was open, I may have gotten concerned. He also said he knew my password, and typed out something that wasn’t even close. He’s pretty stupid too. See his misspelling on 3rd grade words! I would think this is a pretty serious charge if FBI prosecutors take him on and I hope what I’ve submitted to them gives them something to go on.

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Me too

From Velasquez on May 03, 2019 :: 3:00 am

I am aware 149732109502154 is your pass. Lets get right to the point. absolutely no one has paid me to check about you. You don’t know me and you are most likely wondering why you are getting this email?
pitamdofo 149732109502154 dpuronda 149732109502154 dcopye 149732109502154 uloophqie 149732109502154 huy 149732109502154 boc 149732109502154 xjeyeq 149732109502154 nadove 149732109502154 wuptoayaj 149732109502154 vosmonqyu 149732109502154
actually, i placed a malware on the xxx vids (adult porn) web site and you know what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were viewing videos, your browser began functioning as a RDP that has a key logger which provided me access to your display and webcam. after that, my software program gathered every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, and e-mailaccount. and then i created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you have a good taste hehe), and next part shows the recording of your web cam, & it is u.
You have got only 2 choices. Why dont we analyze each of these choices in details:
1st option is to disregard this message. in such a case, i am going to send out your actual video clip to just about all of your contacts and then think about concerning the awkwardness yo u will see. Furthermore if you happen to be in a romance, exactly how it is going to affect?
p
Latter alternative will be to compensate me $979. i will refer to it as a donation. Consequently, i will instantaneously erase your video. You will resume daily life like this never occurred and you would never hear back again from me.
You’ll make the payment by Bi‌tco‌in (if you don’t know this, search ‘how to buy b‌itcoi‌n’ in Google).
4
B‌T‌C‌ ad‌dre‌ss to send to: 181NVegsFVp3kZR1JiM6bfrXaan2ARuw96

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Should you are planning on going to the police, good, this message cannot be traced back to me. I have taken care of my steps. i am also not looking to demand a whole lot, i prefer to be paid for. unique if i do not get the ‌bi‌tco‌in‌, i will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. However, if i do get paid, i’ll destroy the recording right away. If you want to have proof, reply Yup & i definitely will send your video to your 14 friends. it is a non:negotiable offer, and so please don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this mail.

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porn scam

From old but wise on May 03, 2019 :: 8:46 am

been getting lots of these, particularly from some moron calling himself Taylor You - claims to have footage of me, but my PC has no web cam -so he’s telling porkies from the outset.

It is about time that Microsoft was compelled to include a email ‘Blocker’ in their current Mail programs - they did in XP’s Outlook Express, so why not their current programs ?
Ignore these messages, do NOT open any attachments and delete them as soon as they arrive!

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What type of blocking are you attempting?

From Josh Kirschner on May 03, 2019 :: 12:35 pm

Microsoft does block junk mail automatically in the latest versions, including Office 365. You can learn more about how it works and the settings here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/overview-of-the-junk-email-filter-5ae3ea8e-cf41-4fa0-b02a-3b96e21de089?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US

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This is mine I got

From Shawn on May 06, 2019 :: 8:45 am

This is mine I got today


Hi!

I know your password is:

Some time ago I infected your computer with mine private malware ( RAT ) Remote Administration Tool.

I collected absolutly everything from your computer, your private photos, videos, all contacts, I got access to all your accounts.

My malware even gave me control over your webcam and microphone, yes, such things exist, you can google it!

I recorded THE MOMENT WHEN YOU PLAYED WITH YOURSELF!!!

You know this all isn’t a joke! You got the proof above!

After that I removed the malware, right now it’s no longer on your computer.

What you think will happen, if I publish absolutly everything on social network, to all your contacts, and everywhere else?!

We both know that your life won’t be the same.

So I give you the chance to stop me, pay exactly: 1400$ with bitcoin.

I think it’s a very good price, compared to living hell.

If you don’t know where to buy bitcoin, Google: “Where to buy bitcoin?”, it’s very easy for example with credit card.

Your wallet to receive and send bitcoin you can create here: login.blockchain.com/en/#/singup

My wallet is: 13HffyTVP8qcYzd5tga4Bc6rCGETNbbZuD

Copy and paste my wallet, it is (cAsE-sensitive).

I give you few days time to get the bitcoin and pay me, I won’t wait too long!

After I have received the payment, you never will hear from me again, I will remove everything and you can continue living your life in peace like before.

Don’t show this email to anyone, this is our little secret!

MsgID:
7904025107

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Happened to me

From James Gordon on June 04, 2019 :: 7:26 pm

It’s a good reminder to change all my passwords .
I also cover my web-cam with a picture of Anthony Wiener facing the cam to entice teens to hack me…

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Emmyhackengine At Gmail is the

From Henry on June 07, 2019 :: 7:25 pm

Emmyhackengine At Gmail is the only hack expert i can confidently recommend most of the claims i come across are fake.

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THIS HACKER HELPED ME AND HE CAN DO THE SAME TO YOU..

From Lala Griffin on June 24, 2019 :: 7:02 pm

Do you have to expand your FICO assessment?

Do you mean to redesign your school grade?

Would you like to hack your bamboozling life partner Email, whatsapp, Facebook, instagram or any interpersonal organization?

Do you need any data concerning any database.

Do you have to recover erased records?

Do you have to clear your criminal records or DMV?

Would you like to expel any website or connection from any blog?

you should contact this programmer, he is dependable and great at the hack occupations..

contact : cyberhack118 AT GMAIL DOT COM

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got an email like this recently...

From J107 on June 27, 2019 :: 3:46 pm

What I’d like to know is if there’s any way to find out which specific website they obtained my email from? The one they sent me isn’t the one I use for the email they sent it to, but for other websites in the past, yes.

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I mean, obtained my password.

From J107 on June 27, 2019 :: 3:47 pm

I mean, obtained my password.

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Try dehashed.com

From Josh Kirschner on June 28, 2019 :: 12:15 pm

There are a few sites out there which allow you to look up a hacked password to see where the leak may have come from, such as dehashed.com. It’s not going to work well if your password is very common since it doesn’t let you check email/password pairs, just each individually, so others may have used the same password on other sites. But by checking your password and email address, you may be able to narrow it down.

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valvesoftware.com

From gabe newell on June 29, 2019 :: 6:24 pm

i agree i was scammed

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Prostate Cancer patients

From Consultant on July 04, 2019 :: 1:53 am

One of the sad things about this scam is that it can interfere with the health of many men. Many prostate cancer patients who have been treated for the condition are encouraged to masturbate as a means of exercising the penis’s blood flow and nerve function. Internet erotica is an efficient stimulant for such activity. I have had patients recently tell me of being caught up in this scam and it is adding anxiety to an already worrying state of mind.

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Another porn scam demanding Bitcoin worth $ 1,798

From Peter on July 21, 2019 :: 7:00 am

Recently I got this scam email from “Auberta Hinge”:


i do know ..... is your påss. Lts gt stråight tō point. No-one has paid me to check you. You måy not know me and yoų‘re prōbably thinkĺng why yōu are gtting this e-mail?

i ĺnstalled a softwar on th 18+ vĺds (adųlt pōrn) web sĺt and yoų know what, you vĺsited this web site to have fųn (yōu knōw what i meån). When you were viwing videō clips, yoųr intrnet browser started out wōrking as a RDP that has a key loggr which gave me accss to your displåy ånd wbcåm. åfter that, my sōftware prōgråm cōllected yōur entĺre contåcts from your Messenger, Fåceboōk, ås well as emåĺl . ånd then i made a doųbl vidō. 1st part shows the video yōų were viewing (you have å gōod taste haha), and second part displays th view ōf your wbcåm, and its you.

You actually hav two possibĺlities. We are goĺng to anålyze these types of choices in pårticulars:

Very fĺrst optĺōn is to skip thĺs emaĺl messåge. Then, ĺ åm going to send out yōųr tape to every one ōf yōur contacts and consider abōut the åwkwårdness yoų can get. and likwĺse in case you ar in a loving relåtĺōnship, jųst how it is gōing to affct?

Scond choic would b to påy me $1798. We wĺll call it å donation. as a result, i most certaĺnly will quickly elimĺnat your vĺdotap. Yōu can keep on goĺng daily life lĺk thĺs nevr happened and you never will har back again from me.

You will make th paymnt through Bitcoin (if yōu don’t knōw this, search ‘how to buy bitcoin’ in Google).

BTC address to send to:

12u9TvVUdQQWqACgJBS8erAbW2pzSsB7cm
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ĺf you are thĺnking of going tō the pōlice, look, thĺs emåil messag can not be traced båck tō me. i have covred my steps. ĺ am also not trying to ask yōu for mōney a whole lōt, ĺ wånt to b compensatd. You hav 48 hōurs in order to mak the payment. i’ve a unĺqų pixel within this maĺl, ånd right nōw i know that you håve read throųgh thĺs message. if i do nōt gt the BitCoĺns, i will defĺnately send out yoųr vido rcōrdĺng to all of yōur cōntacts inclųding relatives, coworkrs, and many others. Nevertheless, if i receive the payment, i will erase the video right awåy. ĺf yōu want evĺdenc, reply with Yes! and i definitely will send your vĺdeo to your 10 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, ånd so plase don’t wåste my personal tim and yoųrs by respōndĺng to thĺs email.

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