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Is the Porn Blackmail Scam Real?

by on March 12, 2018
in Computer Safety & Support, News, Computers and Software, Blog :: 446 comments

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 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 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.]

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



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Should I be concerned?

From Jonathan on June 25, 2018 :: 11:07 am

I received this email yesterday and it’s freaking me out since it has my actual name in the email body.


Greetings J B

I really hope not to crush your heart or anythingwith this message and i am not here to blame your sick fantasies, although it will be kinda strange if someone from your contact list or family will witness u doing ur shit right in front of them. It’s your life and u choose but i will do mine.

All right, enough of this, recently you went to a website with porn with my ransomware, which I’m really proud of.

So i obtained all contact info from your computer and also I got an access to your webcam, so captured everything, and later edited this vid to one split-screen,  with the shit you was watching on one side of the screen and you having fun with your shit on the right. Do hope you’re paying attention on this one here

In any case, if you want me to completely remove this whole video. 550 amount in bucks will handle this matter with me.

1D6PuhhKm5qgYd637aXpVWYtTKGuJ5ePji

i take bitcoin.

ill give you 5 days notification is read, a really simple track tool will let me when this will happen.

I will forward this vid to all your contacts if i do not receive the pay. You are very welcome to call your local officers I’m from a totally other country and region, so u are welcome to do whatever you want. Do not reply to this mailbox, because i simply won’t be able to get anything from u.

Best Wishes.

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Your name is no more private than your email

From Josh Kirschner on June 26, 2018 :: 8:11 am

There have bee so many hacks with names and email addresses, and so many ways to match a name with a email address, that having your name in there means almost nothing.

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iPad

From John on June 26, 2018 :: 12:10 pm

Josh, I don’t use ant PC products. What’s the chance these idiots hacked my iPad?  I was always under the impression that the iPad was pretty safe. I only download apps from the App Store. Thoughts? 

Thanks

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Zero percent

From Josh Kirschner on June 26, 2018 :: 3:31 pm

They didn’t hack your iPad or anything else. It’s the same scam.

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SCAM?

From NA on June 26, 2018 :: 3:19 pm

What\‘s up,


If u were more vigilant while caress yourself, I wouldn\‘t worry you. I don\‘t think that playing with yourself is extremely awful, but when all colleagues, relatives and friends get video record of it- it is awful for you.

I adjusted malisious soft on a web-site for adults (with porn) which you have visited. When the target click on a play button, device starts recording the screen and all cameras on ur device starts working.

Moreover, soft makes a dedicated desktop supplied with key logger function from ur system , so I could collect all contacts from your e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I\‘ve chosen this e-mail because It\‘s your working address, so u will read it.

In my opinion 320 usd is pretty enough for this little false. I made a split screen video(records from screen (u have interesting tastes ) and camera ooooooh… its funny AF)

So its ur choice, if u want me to delete ur disgrace use my bitcoin wallet addrеss- 16LBu5Bdp938G3xymt853ue7wh1AZk5ng
You have one day after opening my message, I put the special tracking pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see.If ya want me to show u the proofs, reply on this message and I will send my creation to five contacts that I\‘ve got from ur contacts.

P.S… You are able to complain to cops, but I don\‘t think that they can help, the investigation will last for one year- I\‘m from Estonia - so I dgf lmao

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People need to chill

From Geebee on June 26, 2018 :: 3:41 pm

I’ve researched the living hell out of these and I’ve yet to find anyone who has had anything exposed.. It’s all a scam. I did however find a few people that have paid. Don’t stress it out. I’ve had 3 emails hit me with similar stories and all amounted to nothing.. Don’t lose sleep over this.

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Just received this today

From Emily on June 27, 2018 :: 11:43 am

Ticкet Details: OJQ-988-20267
Email: mr@mister.co.nz
Camera ready,Notification: 27.06.2018 02:39:37
Status: Waiting for Reply 25xuOaEy3A4f10wLnDmMkM9LrV4Ry18Iu1_Priority: Normal

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hi.


If u were more alert while playing with yourself, I wouldn\‘t write dis message. I don\‘t think that playing with yourself is extremely bad, but when all your friends, relatives, сolleagues get video of it- it is awful for you.

I adjusted malisious soft on a porn web-site which was visited by you. When the victim tap on a play button, device starts recording the screen and all cameras on ur device starts working.

Moreover, my virus makes a remote desktop supplied with key logger function from your device , so I could get all contacts from your e-mail, messengers and other social networks. I\‘m writing on dis e-mail cuz It\‘s your working address, so you should check it.

I suppose that 490 usd is pretty enough for this little misstep. I made a split screen vid(records from screen (u have interesting tastes ) and camera ohh… its funny AF)

So its ur choice, if u want me to destroy this сompromising evidence use my bitcоin wаllеt address-  1E4NGsYacgbMxbYbEcSn7fE9Tb3L5VCNwQ
You have one day after opening my message, I put the special tracking pixel in it, so when you will open it I will see.If ya want me to show u the proofs, reply on this message and I will send my creation to five contacts that I\‘ve got from ur device.

P.S.. You can try to complain to cops, but I don\‘t think that they can solve ur problem, the inquisition will last for one year- I\‘m from Estonia - so I dgf lmao

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Had My Home Address

From Thanks!!! on June 27, 2018 :: 4:28 pm

The email I just received had my full name (which is in my email), my home street address, and came from an Outlook email, which was probably fake, but still. They also talked about a Pixel tracker associated to the email. Scared me at first, thank you for the article!

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Full name with address from 10years ago

From CRF on June 28, 2018 :: 8:29 am

Good day Josh,

As all the comments I too received an email 2 days ago (through my wife email account) address to my full name and a mailing address of a location I use to live at 10 years ago.

Just like everyone else there is no photo or video attached and requesting $450 in BTC.

The scary part is that they used my full name and a very old address.

Should there be some sort of concern due the use of mailing address?

Thank you in advance.

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hello victim

From supposed victim on June 28, 2018 :: 3:05 pm

Dear Josh,
I received the attached:

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Subject: You will be ashamed _ CqKuYM pVEtrhtmB

Hello,  victim.
I text you because I put a virus on a web page with porn that you have visited.
When you visited that web-page you let the soft steal all your personal info and switched on your camera which captured the process of your masturbation. After that the soft saved your contact list.
I will not share this video and data if I receive 390 Euros in bitcoins.
Use this address to pay:  1KkcqF7sr7dsFYNMYaH6RhjjTAP6RZyjzP

You have 30 h after clicking on my message for making the transaction.
It is not necessary to tell me that you have sent money to me. This address was given only to you, my system will delete everything automatically after transfer verification.
You can get 48 hours only write back +.
You can complain to the cops but they cant help you.
I dont live in your country. So they can not trace my location even for 7 months.
Bye. Dont forget about the disgrace.
UNQUOTE
I am reassured by all the comments and your assurance that this is a hoax. That having been said, would you recommend blocking this sender?

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Got this mail this morning shall I worry

From Ole juhl Pedersen on June 29, 2018 :: 8:48 am

Hi.

Hope you actually will not mind my english language sentence structure, because i am from Saudi arabia. I contaminated your machine with a virus and im in possession of your private information out of your operating-system.

It was installed on a mature site after which you have selected the movie, clicked on it, my program quickly got into your os.

Afterward, your webcamera captured you wank, besides i captured a footage that you’ve looked at.

Immediately after a short while in addition, it picked up all your device contact info. If you ever wish me to wipe out your all that i currently have - transfer me 400 euros in bitcoin it is a cryptocurrency. This is my btc wallet address : 12KcxYFJSRHsdQLDNGKwmr6fneiSoLKCeG

Now you will have 26 hr s. to make a decision The moment i will get the transaction i’ll get rid of this movie and everything entirely. Otherwise, you should be sure this video would be sent to all your contacts.

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Strange email

From Kevin Babcock on July 01, 2018 :: 10:22 pm

I just got a similar email using my name. Written with poor grammar, but it was 30 minutes after using a porn website it didn’t mention which one or anything but they sent a link to a YouTube video to show me how to send the Money to the bitcoin address they provided. I copied the link without clicking on it and it was Just the link to the YouTube homepage. Is this most likely take it said I have 5 days

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This is the message

From Kevin Babcock on July 01, 2018 :: 10:25 pm

ey there kevin babcock

To tell the truth i do not care when ever u are pervert or not, but some of your family members or parents will most likely do, specially if you may get caught, that would definitely suk don”t you think that?

I”ll be as limited as possible. I made a program that”s starts capturing the actions via net cams and gathers all info from those devices too, for example individual files, contact date etc, as soon as someone goes to a specified mature web site. Beleive that you are following me on that one, you perhaps by now guessed exactly what type of a movie i at this point have starring you.

I chose to use the following e-mail address which was gathered from your contact list also, considering that it is ur job e-mail and you”ll most definately read it.

Ok last one, and a movie was edited btw, the way that i now have you on 1 part and a online video you have viewed on the second, all on one single tv screen. Very impressive huh? Okay lets minimize the crap, if u need me to delete this video clip, here is my Btc wallet address -

1L4ZHEXp2U3Frbr52GqFCdfGRm15GszNu9

(it has to be without any ”spaces” or ”=”, please be sure).
To learn how to use it, just yahoo or google or see a youtube.com online video, if do not already fully understand how to, really easy. 300 Dollars is how much i will need to quit annoying and to loose you footage completely.
There is a simple checking program linked to this notice so i will find out if you are going to check it. The moment that will happen you”ll be offered just 5 days to transfer me these funds.

I will share this movie with every single fucking email address from ur device if i”m not going to find my bucks within a period of time outlined above

Please think twice before humiliating your ass and contacting police officers or whoever, i promise they will not ever find me.

Best Regards man.

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How did they get my

From Kevin Babcock on July 01, 2018 :: 10:34 pm

How did they get my email?

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Data breach after data breach...

From Josh Kirschner on July 03, 2018 :: 12:54 pm

There have been so many data breaches over the years, it would almost be a surprise if they DIDN’T have your email address. To see the specific breach where your information may have been compromised, see our article on How to Tell if Your Accounts Have Been Hacked.

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Should I be worried?

From Lucy on July 05, 2018 :: 4:29 am

I received this email this morning. Sounds like from comments above it is a scam?

You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?
Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). 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. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $300 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 1p8QM2HBHz1Ua5YajgMfttRPLhRtYwiGQ
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

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Still concerned dispite other comments

From Lucy on July 05, 2018 :: 5:14 am

Still concerned dispite other comments above as it’s written in pretty good English…

Thoughts?

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Scam

From JOEL ROWLISON on July 09, 2018 :: 11:46 am

Mine was exactly the same…asking for 1900.  Wtf

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Same email

From Anon on July 09, 2018 :: 1:36 pm

Received the same email around late morning. I deleted it as fast as it came through. Although usually I can delete and forget any type of spam emails or fraudulent emails this one did freak me out.
I may be guilty of watching a 4 minute video on the iPad but that was it. Don’t usually do this and thought it ironic that the one time I did I then get threatened with blackmail.
I too thought iPads / apple products were safe from viruses and malware.
Should I just forget about it or start warning my contacts?
Any updates from others that have already passed the 24 hour deadline to pay?

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Nothing Happened

From RM on July 09, 2018 :: 5:03 pm

I passed the 24-hour deadline about a day ago now, and nothing has happened. It’s just a scam, no worries.

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Re: Should I be worried?

From Chuckie on September 27, 2018 :: 12:09 am

I got the same e-mail that you did, but my amount was $7,000! It took me all of about 10 sec to debunk it, because I use a large 4K monitor when I watch porn and he notebook lid (where the camera is mounted) is closed. What will they think of next?

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My received version

From Dave Ives on July 06, 2018 :: 6:54 am

You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?

Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). 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. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $700 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 1Dvd7Wb72JBTbAcfTrxSJCZZuf4tsT8V72
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

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Same!

From RM on July 07, 2018 :: 9:13 pm

Got the same one as you, but for $1900. Thanks for sharing, and thanks to Josh for the article!

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The price is going up.

From Scott A on July 08, 2018 :: 12:21 am

My wife’s email just got the exact same one

“you don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?

Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). 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. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.

What exactly did I do?

I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $1900 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 18AVxMK2KHimbrTJVEeUYM3LxLfD9RoR3o
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid (after payment, send an email to misszero@protonmail.com), I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.”

Said it was from Jacob Saunders and now he wants $1900.

Yikes! I am counting on this being a scam.

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I got that one too!

From LV on July 08, 2018 :: 12:27 pm

I got that exact email too, but I know it’s spam because I have never accessed porn in my life! I had other, more poorly-worded ones which said they’d caught me watching child porn and threatening to go to the FBI unless I gave them money. Again, I haven’t, and I’m not based in the US so doubt the FBI would be interested in me anyway. It’s a scam, just report them.

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I got this too but

From Prefer not to say on July 08, 2018 :: 4:03 pm

I got this too but from ricardo mors

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Porn scan

From Prefer not to say on July 08, 2018 :: 3:57 pm

I received an email saying they have a split recording of myself and what I was watching on the same day. They mentioned bitcoin and that they have all my contacts information. They provided a link for me to click to see evidence. I never clicked. They asked for $1900 within 24 hours or they will send to all my contacts. The email came to my spam folder the email came with that persons first and last name which was ricardo mors. They said not to bother replying to the email address. I am worried. Could this be real?

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Porn scan

From Prefer not to say on July 08, 2018 :: 3:58 pm

The email also said the have pixels that detect when I have read there email

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The $1900 scam

From Prefer not to say on July 08, 2018 :: 4:02 pm

I got that exact email too but from a ricardo mors. I hope this is a scam

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Straight Out of 'Dark Mirror'

From deidre the wondergibbon on July 09, 2018 :: 2:36 am

This whole ‘treat’ reminds me of “Shut Up And Dance”, the third episode of the third season of “Dark Mirror” on Netflix; or a scene for another movie on Netflix “iBoy”.

These guys have no imagination whatsoever- just a Netflix account.

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Came to one of our staff

From George on July 10, 2018 :: 11:57 am

This came to one of our staff who said that their son was using their work computer inappropriately. We think there’s nothing to worry about, right?

From: billing@20979.com
Subject: You installed my malware _ lfuKkV oBcDhHENQ

I give you 30 h after reading my letter for making the transaction.
It is not necessary to write me that you have sent money to me. This bitcoin wallet was connected to you, my system will delete everything automatically after transfer verification.
If you need 48 h only reply on this letter with +.
You can visit the police station but nobody will solve your problem.
I dont live in your country. So nobody can trace me even for 7 months.
All the best. Dont forget about the disgrace.

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Only one thing to worry about

From Josh Kirschner on July 10, 2018 :: 12:17 pm

The only thing you need to worry about is their son using the work computer inappropriately (assuming it really was their son…). Not that you should care what employees do in their private time, but porn sites are havens for various types of malware, which could compromise that laptop or lead to ransomware issues for your firm, if you don’t have proper anti-malware protection.

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Hello. I got a very

From Mike on July 10, 2018 :: 7:38 pm

Hello. I got a very similar email:

Good morning,  prey.
You read this message because you are one of those people that downloaded my virus from the visited web page with porn.
At the moment you went on this site you let the malware steal all your private data and turned on your camera that captured the act of your masturbation. Then my soft saved your contact list.
I will delete the compromising video and info if you pay me 340 USD in bitcoins.
It is my bitcoin address to pay:  1FTscNgrqxX95bZ7p9JpAmxhHHsQs8jyM7

You have 30 h after reading this letter for making the payment.
It is not necessary to write me that you have sent money to me. This address was given only to you, everything will be deleted automatically after payment verification.
If you need 48 hours just write back +.
You can visit the police station but nobody will help you.
I dont live in your country. It means nobody can track my location even for 8 weeks.
Good luck. Think about the shame.

Am I safe too?

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Help

From Mike on July 11, 2018 :: 9:04 am

Any insight on my post above so I can stop worrying?

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Stop worrying

From Josh Kirschner on July 11, 2018 :: 10:38 am

Doesn’t sound any different than the other examples given.

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Porn Scam Also

From Sam on July 10, 2018 :: 2:57 pm

Received a very similar email. Almost exactly word for word.  I was alerted several weeks ago by a newsletter site that they had been hacked and my account was included.  The email I received though did use a Facebook friend’s identity for the sender’s name and a Brazil extension for the email.

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new twist?

From New Twist to this on July 10, 2018 :: 3:59 pm

Hey got this one which actually knew my password. I also got a warning of suspicious activity on a gaming website I haven’t used in ages 2 days before this email.. I changed the password of that site.

I know, (password), is your password. You do not know me and you are most likely thinking why you are getting this e mail, correct?

actually, I setup a malware on the adult vids (sexually graphic) site and do you know what, you visited this site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching video clips, your browser started out operating as a RDP (Remote control Desktop) having a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and also web camera. Immediately after that, my software gathered your entire contacts from your Messenger, FB, and email.

What did I do?

I made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste lmao), and next part displays the recording of your web cam.

exactly what should you do?

Well, in my opinion, $1900 is a reasonable price tag for our little secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have one day in order to make the payment. (I have a unique pixel within this mail, and at this moment I know that you have read through this email). If I don’t get the BitCoins, I definitely will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and many others. Nevertheless, if I do get paid, I’ll destroy the video immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will certainly send your video recording to your 7 contacts. It’s a non-negotiable offer, and so please do not waste my personal time and yours by responding to this email.

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Received Similar

From KR on July 10, 2018 :: 4:44 pm

Mine had a password that I had used a few years in the past.  Someone likely had a data breach and the names/passwords were purchased on the dark web.

$1,900 was the asking price on mine…almost identical verbage to yours.

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Received Similar

From KR on July 10, 2018 :: 4:46 pm

...in addition, I may or may not have visited an adult site, but if I did, I’m pretty sure my camera was covered grin

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Exact Same

From Tom on July 10, 2018 :: 8:46 pm

That’s the exact same email I received. When I seen the password they had for me I busted out laughing because like said in my prior post, I hadn’t used it in like 7 years.

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Got one today

From Mike on July 10, 2018 :: 4:36 pm

Freaked me out:

Good morning,  prey.
You read this message because you are one of those people that downloaded my virus from the visited web page with porn.
At the moment you went on this site you let the malware steal all your private data and turned on your camera that captured the act of your masturbation. Then my soft saved your contact list.
I will delete the compromising video and info if you pay me 340 USD in bitcoins.
It is my bitcoin address to pay:  1FTscNgrqxX95bZ7p9JpAmxhHHsQs8jyM7

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Dirty Hairy Yeah Right

From Tom on July 10, 2018 :: 5:00 pm

I received one of these emails today.

In the opening of the email though, they did mention a password I have used, however I have not used the mentioned password in roughly 7 years. I was one of a few million who’s information was exposed with sites like linkedin etc. I now change passwords all the time.

The message also mentions the webcam, LMAO I am one of the few people who actually does not have a webcam attached to my computer, don’t even have a built-in one.

Most of the time I scan the emails and then mark them spam so that I dob’t see them anymore, however this one made me laugh.

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Camera

From Mike on July 10, 2018 :: 5:03 pm

I pretty much only use my IPad, and as far as I know it’s almost impossible to create malware that can take over those cameras, and if they did, why only 300 dollar?

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A bit scary

From Anonymous on July 10, 2018 :: 5:32 pm

I recieved something this morning that was similar but in the subject line it had my password. Although my password is case sensitive and the cases were wrong. Should I be worried?

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Received email also

From Anon on July 10, 2018 :: 6:04 pm

I received the same email as New Twist. Has my first name and a password. Asking for 1900 bucks. I ran Malware Bytes and found Geneio Innovations malware. Has anybody found this malware on their computer?

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Same e-mail

From Jay on July 11, 2018 :: 3:08 am

I got the same e-mail this morning

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Look at this

From Terry on July 10, 2018 :: 6:09 pm

The website Bitcoin Address Lookup page can check the BTC ID and see if others are reporting it…. you can see you are not alone: https://bitcoinwhoswho.com/address/1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4/urlid/12305693

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report the email too

From Terry on July 10, 2018 :: 8:30 pm

You can also use Cisco’s free SpamCop.net service… to report the offending email (make sure you post all the message header and message component) at https://www.spamcop.net/

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Allegation of porn asking for $1900

From AM on July 10, 2018 :: 10:01 pm

I received an email with my name in perfect English that said they accessed my webcam while I visited a porn site. The person threatened to share a split screen image of me and said video if I did not send bitcoin $1900 within 24 hours. Aside from never having visited a porn site, I also have no web cam. It came from an @outlook.com address and gave a BTC address to send money that was a long string of numbers and letters. They closed by telling me not to waste my time replying to the email but also offered to send proof if I replied “yes”. Weird. I think I’m good!

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$1900 requested

From Jay on July 11, 2018 :: 3:12 am

I got this message this morning. They sent me one of my old passwords I havent used in a few years.

“It seems that, [PASSWORD REMOVED], is your pass word. You do not know me and you’re probably wondering why you are getting this mail, correct?

actually, I installed a malware on the adult videos (pornography) web-site and do you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser began functioning as a RDP (Remote Desktop) that has a key logger which provided me with access to your display and web camera. Right after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, FB, and email.

What exactly did I do?

I created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your web cam.

exactly what should you do?

Well, in my opinion, $1900 is a fair price for our little secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: 1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:

You have one day to make the payment. (I have a specific pixel in this e-mail, and at this moment I know that you have read this email). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will definitely send your video to all of your contacts including family members, co-workers, and so forth. Nevertheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the video immidiately. If you really want proof, reply with “Yes!” and I definitely will send out your video to your 12 friends. This is the non-negotiable offer, and thus do not waste my time and yours by replying to this message.”

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BTW the password they sent

From Jay on July 11, 2018 :: 3:15 am

BTW the password they sent me was published in a breach a few years ago. So it would be easily accessible.

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$2900 requested guess I'm "winning"

From Any mouse on July 13, 2018 :: 1:30 am

Subject: <username> - <burner password haven’t used in ten years>

I am aware, , is your pass word. You do not know me and you’re probably thinking why you are getting this mail, correct?

In fact, I actually setup a malware on the adult vids (porn material) web site and do you know what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching videos, your internet browser started out working as a RDP (Remote Desktop) with a key logger which provided me with access to your screen and also web camera. Right after that, my software program gathered every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email.

What exactly did I do?

I created a double-screen video. 1st part displays the video you were watching (you have a fine taste lmao), and second part displays the recording of your web camera.

What should you do?

Well, I believe, $2900 is a fair price for our little secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).

BTC Address: <another randomly generated wallet with no transaction history>
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)

Important:
You now have one day to make the payment. (I have a unique pixel in this e mail, and right now I know that you have read through this email). If I do not receive the BitCoins, I will certainly send out your video recording to all of your contacts including members of your family, coworkers, and
many others. Nonetheless, if I receive the payment, I’ll erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will certainly send out your video recording to your 12 contacts. It’s a non-negotiable offer, thus don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this mail.

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comments:

So the password was an insecure burner password that I used when forums and vendors required me to sign up for stuff to look at things.. and that I stopped using about ten years ago.

the “unique pixel in this e mail”, I work in IT security.. the email was sent as plain text, there were no images or links. no way they could tell if I read it or not, and most modern email clients don’t display images by default as it’s a bad idea.

Even if they somehow did what they claimed.. laptop is always closed during porn viewing (masturbation is healthy, have to keep the pipes working, endorphins running, etc.. everyone does it, if they don’t they should) so don’t know what you’re going to see.

most likely they got my info in some data breach, if it’s a weak password, it’s trivial to crack. hell you can google the password hash and find the password half the time.

with these scams, _never_ give them money.  This was obviously crafted to scare people, in hopes that enough people send them money to make it profitable.  This is why 419 nigera scams keep working, and spam email keeps working.  There are some people who are easily duped out there.  Don’t be one of them.  Worst that would happen, A video of you gets out of you doing something natural, so what.

What you can do, make sure you have good data backups… multiple.. and off site. Ones that always backup without you having to do anything are great.

Don’t use the same damn password everywhere.  Use a password manager, at the very least use it for those sites that are important, and use a unique password for every site.  If you want some passwords you don’t care about for dumb forums or whatever, sure.. still not a bad idea to make them unique some how. but at least triage and take care of the important stuff.

Enable two factor where you can.  That protects you even if your password gets out.

Security is a lot of work, and it sucks that you have to go through these steps to stay safe… but it’s important that you do, because assholes who send these emails are out there.

Stay safe and go masturbate to something. wink

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