I received that same email with the blackmail attempt over the weekend. As you mentioned, it was a bit scary because they did include an actual password that I have used in the past. However, I was positive the rest of the email was fake/scam.
When I researched it, I found information saying it is thought they may have got those passwords from the LinkedIn system breach a while back. It was my LinkedIn password they quoted in the email so it does seem that may be the connection.
I just wanted to pass that along in case you also had a LinkedIn account so you know where the problem started. Of course, there have been other system breaches that could have been the source of your password; but, I am confident LinkedIn was the one that got me. Even though I had changed that password back when the incident happened, I changed it again after receiving that scam email.
I hope this makes sense and maybe helps explain what some of you are seeing.
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You're forgetting one other person in your family who uses that computer. Because it's a family computer and not your computer, everyone in the family has access.
Just because you don't see your parents using the computer does it mean they aren't using it when you're not at home. They have every right to use the computer as you do or the person checking out the porn.
Where have you been reading these emails ? You said something interesting when you first posted. You said that you don't watch porn, so you're not worried about the emails.
However, you're wrong about not watching porn. You may not be watching porn, but someone else in your family is. That person watched a video, visited a porn website or clicked a link that caused your email address to be caught in the email scam.
If multiple people are sharing a computer, it means that everyone who uses it is in danger of having their data stolen.
If I were taking an educated guess, because the information you've provided is limited, I would say someone in your family is watching porn on a computer you use to read email.
My husband got that exact same email last night! I don't know whether they also displayed his password, I'll have to ask him. Obviously this one is getting around. I'm surprised, though, that your reaction is that you "don't have that much money." What would you need the money for? You wouldn't actually PAY this scam would you???
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7/25/18 9:53 A
What an absurd scam; change your passwords and run virus and malware scan; an in depth one.
I would also perform a system restore on your computer just in case it's got it's teeth into any software; these things are pretty shifty. Pick a restore point of a month or even two months ago and just re-update any important system updates that have happened since then if you need to. You can google how to system restore, it's really easy but it can take a few hours.
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7/21/18 4:10 P
I've done a little research. I don't think your computer has been hacked, but your email has. I do still think you have some malware on your computer/laptop/cell phone.
This article explains everything that Elaine is seeing. Someone has been sending porn viewers scam emails saying they have video of the person watching porn and that they will send it to everyone unless they pay the ransome.
Well, it IS a scam.
However, that does not mean you can rest easy, Elaine. You still want to forward those emails to your internet provider. You still need to run anti virus and anti malware and you still should change all your passwords.
Why ? because someone has your email address now and was able to figure out your password.
Danny brings up a good point. These days, when you log into any email account, if you mistype or type the wrong password more than three times, your account will lock and you have to prove you're not a "bot" by providing a code sent to a different verified email or cell phone number.
There is software out there designed to look for emails with weak passwords. Think robo dialers. same idea. The days when hackers tried different passwords is over. It's all software driven. I doubt that Elaine was hacked. I think she clicked on something she wasn't supposed to or opened an infected email and ended up downloading a virus or malware from the ransomware criminals.
Take your iphone. What happens if you don't type your password correctly after three times ? You're locked out. If someone tried to hack Elaine by guessing her password, they'd have been locked out too.
Of course, we're assuming her desktop is where the infection started. She could have clicked on something on her new cell phone. If she reads email on her cell phone, that too can be contaminated.
Elaine, where did you read the email ? on your cell phone or desktop/laptop computer ?
I always hated those quizzes on Facebook. The ones that make you log into Facebook before you take the quiz? If I took one. Then I would go and change my password immediately. I got tired of doing that. So I quit taking those quizzes.
Uhmm... I highly doubt he "hacked" into your email account. And even if he did that doesn't necessarily mean that he has hacked into your computer as well... Those are two separate things. Chances are you gave him your password yourself... maybe you created an account on an unsafe website and used the same password as your email password... I don't know, there are tons of ways he could have gotten your password without actually hacking your account. What email service provider do you use...? Did he send that email from your own email account or did it come from a different address? Most email providers won't let you log into your account with just your password if you try to log in from a different location or from a different computer/phone... they usually send an SMS to your phone or something to confirm it's you...
Your computer is compromised. All your passwords need to be changed immediately.
This is serious. You're a victim of ransomware. if you still have access to your computer, you need to save your data. if you don't the virus that is on your computer can lock you out until you pay the "ransom".
Stop talking to the criminals. they didn't guess your password. They used a piece of software (malware on your computer) that logs your keystrokes. You must use your anti virus and anti malware to quarantine that virus. If you keep using your computer, you keep giving them your information.
On top of that, every person in your email address could be a potential victim.
You need to warn all your email contacts that your computer has been compromised. they need to protect themselves before they become victims.
CHANGE ALL YOUR EMAIL PASSWORDS NOW before you become a victim of ransomware.
You have a VIRUS on your computer !
Take the computer OFF the internet. Disconnect it. Then you need to run your anti-virus and anti-malware software. Once you've done that. You need to save all your important files/photos. Do you have an external USB drive ? If not, you can load files and photos to your google drive for now.
Get everything saved FAST.
Don't delete the emails. they need to be forwarded to your internet provider as is. don't make any changes because there is information in those emails that can be used to trace the criminals.
Here's your worse case scenario. you have to completely WIPE your hard drive and re-load Windows software. And my professional IT opinion is that once your data is saved to either an external drive or google drive, you need to wipe the drive and reload Windows.
You are being targeted as part of a SCAM. they don't have video of you watching porn. A lot of innocent people have fallen for this scam. You don't have to be one of them. But you DO have to change your passwords FAST.
run your virus checker change your passwords...especially on any financial accounts tell him the check is in the mail....just kidding...don't respond to him.
my facebook account was hacked after I signed on to KissAsian with my facebook login. I don't have personal info on my facebook, I just use it to sign on to other things, but the hacker changed my photo and changed my privacy settings. The photo change was what tipped me off when I logged onto something else and noticed it.
put a bandaid over your camera...just kidding....no really....kidding...do it.
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17,752 7/19/18 11:14 P
Someone actually took the time to write 2 long emails blackmailing me! He claims he has a video of me watching internet porn that he will send to my entire contact list if I don't pay him USD2,000+ in bitcoins.
First of all, I don't have that much money.
Secondly, I am worried bcoz the person has guessed my password, he put it in the email title to get my attention. I have changed my password but I am not sure if I have other accounts with that password that has been compromised.
Thirdly, I m not really worried bcoz I don't even watch porn. Even if I had in the past, I m not worried & I am certainly not paying!