Sextortion Scam Update - Dispatch Weekly

March 5, 2019 - Reading time: 3 minutes

Following on from our recent Sextortion Scam post (4/3/2019), one of our readers has been in touch to share a recent attack that they experienced. The reader has decided to remain anonymous but the email they recently received is as follows.

Your account was recently hacked! Modify the pswd right now!
You do not know me me and you are most likely surprised why you are getting this particular message, proper?
I’mhacker who crackedyour emailand digital devicessome time ago.
Never attempt to communicate with me or find me, it’s hopeless, considering that I directed you this message from YOUR own account that I’ve hacked.
I’ve set up special program on the adult vids (porn) website and guess that you watched this website to have a good time (you know what I mean).
While you have been paying attention to movies, your internet browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Control) having a keylogger which gave me access to your monitor and camera.
Then, my softgatheredall data.
You have entered passwords on the online resources you visited, I sniffed them.
Of course, you could possibly change each of them, or perhaps already changed them.
But it doesn’t matter, my program renews information every 5 minutes.
What actually did I do?
I made a backup of the system. Of each file and contact lists.
I have managed to create dual-screen video. The 1 screen shows the video that you were observing (you have got a very good preferences, ha-ha…), the 2nd part reveals the video from your own camera.
What must you do?
Good, I believe, 1000 USD will be a fair price for this little riddle. You’ll make your deposit by bitcoins (if you do not know this, go searching “how to purchase bitcoin” in Google).
My bitcoin wallet address:
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
You have 2 days in order to make the payment. (I have an exclusive pixel in this message, and at this point I know that you’ve read this email).
To trackthe reading of a letterand the activityinside it, I usea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Anything thatis appliedfor the authorities may also helpus.)

In the event I do not get bitcoins, I’ll immediately give your video to all your contacts, such as family members, colleagues, and so forth?”

The user was savvy enough to report it to his webmaster and not fall victim to the scam. Having analysed the email, it is clear that the author is not a native English speaker due to the poor quality of the copy. This is a prime example of one an overseas attack from outside of Western Europe. This email, however, is a prime example of the type of email that these scammers send. If you ever receive such emails, ensure you never send any money, particularly in untrackable cryptocurrencies, to unknown parties. If you ensure you keep your passwords safe, never send compromising information and report such events you can make sure you are not the next victim of extortion.

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