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    Ransom email

    Has anyone else had an email along the lines of I am aware your password is xxxxxxxx and stating malware has been placed on my machine an threatening to send pictures of me watching porn to all my contacts if I don't stump up.

    Now ordinarily I wouldn't bother as I haven't watched porn. However I have a slight concern that whilst my password given is not totally correct it is partially correct. I use it mainly for forums and sites requiring log in without too much other info. An Avast scan has found nothing and I'm guessing one of the forums I use has been hacked ?

    Any advice appreciated.... currently the email is sitting in my deleted items

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    It's a scam, yes.

    They have hacked a site and got your email address and password from that site, and are now trying to trick you.

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    Change all your password, starting with the important ones (PayPal, email). Make sure you use unique passwords from now and 2-step verification for the important sites.

    Anything else is plain stupid.
    #Basta

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    Quote Originally Posted by 200mwaterresistant View Post
    It's a scam, yes.

    They have hacked a site and got your email address and password from that site, and are now trying to trick you.
    Thanks for the quick response. I guessed that was the case but always good to receive confirmation. It's strange how the written word seems to be authoritative. ......... even when it's garbage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffe View Post
    Change all your password, starting with the important ones (PayPal, email). Make sure you use unique passwords from now and 2-step verification for the important sites.

    Anything else is plain stupid.
    Thanks for that I've already got unique passwords for the important stuff. Just got to go round the forums now and change those

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    i've had a few of those as well over the past week or so. Not with a partial password but with a username.

    I've just ignored/deleted them.

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    I got one as well, not good, bastards, knew it was BS as I don't own a web cam that they claimed to have a clip of me doing... Well I'll let you fill in the blanks...

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    There are some data breaches where password and username dumps have been made available online. Just in case you’re wondering where they got the info from, the chances are your machine hasn’t been compromised in any way.

    If you enter your email address on the site below, you’ll get a pretty good idea of how they obtained a partial password, based on any data breaches you may have been caught up in:

    https://haveibeenpwned.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by haberdashery View Post
    There are some data breaches where password and username dumps have been made available online. Just in case you’re wondering where they got the info from, the chances are your machine hasn’t been compromised in any way.

    If you enter your email address on the site below, you’ll get a pretty good idea of how they obtained a partial password, based on any data breaches you may have been caught up in:

    https://haveibeenpwned.com
    Well the latest one that I received today had an old password for LinkedIn in it so it was pretty obvious where they got the details. Luckily I'd changed the password ages ago.

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    How would they possibly have images of you doing anything on your computer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    How would they possibly have images of you doing anything on your computer?
    Hacking the webcam.
    Cheers..
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    How much porn have you/do you watch on your computer ? Get out more and stop shaking hands with the ferret.
    The email sounds like a load of bollox, I wouldn't worry about it, it's a trying scam.

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    It’s easy, I hacked the op’s web cam earlier...



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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Hacking the webcam.
    How would that show the viewer AND what was being viewed ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    How would that show the viewer AND what was being viewed ??
    It wouldn’t, but the implication is that you might have been watching porn and ‘in the act’ of enjoying yourself.
    Cheers..
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    It wouldn’t, but the implication is that you might have been watching porn and ‘in the act’ of enjoying yourself.
    Would pleasuring oneself whilst looking at watches be considered better or worse than if watching porn? Asking for a friend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    It wouldn’t, but the implication is that you might have been watching porn and ‘in the act’ of enjoying yourself.
    Like looking at supposedly cute little animals performing unexpected feats ???

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    Worth reading this which explains exactly what is going on.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/...ked-passwords/

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    Like looking at supposedly cute little animals performing unexpected feats ???
    A bit niche, but whatever floats your boat. Lol
    Cheers..
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    Thanks for the link. It certainly explains what is happening
    Quote Originally Posted by alfat33 View Post
    Worth reading this which explains exactly what is going on.

    https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/...ked-passwords/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taxboy View Post
    Thanks for the link. It certainly explains what is happening

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    How would that work ,if, maybe , the machine you chose to use to visit these sites with, was without a video camera attachment or, even more likely, the camera was being obscured by, say ,a Kleenex or similar opaque material ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by notnowkato View Post
    the camera was being obscured by, say ,a Kleenex or similar opaque material ??
    Or little piece of masking tape......just sayin'....

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    I actually found one of these emails in my hotmail junk folder yesterday.
    Just delete it, it is just some third world scum trying their chances.
    I would love to meet one of these characters and drive a large screwdriver in their ear, given the number of vulnerable people they must worry / con.

    'Тicкet#587130608: <skippy@hotmail.co.uk> 14-07-2018 02:03:31 Ἰts up to you to make a right decision

    Cardinal Kercher" <orders@christmasencounter.com>

    Greetings.

    Wish you actually will not mind my english language grammar, considering that i'm from Indonesia. I contaminated your system with a virus and now have all of your private information out of your os.

    It previously was mounted on a mature webpage and then you have picked the online video, clicked on it, my program quickly gain access to your system.

    And then, your web-camera started to record you playing with your stuff, furthermore i captured a footage that you've viewed.

    Immediately after some time it also pulled out your device contact information. If you ever need me to wipe off your all that i have got - transfer me 860 eu in btc it is a crypto. It is my wallet address : 1MSua2fQ9KBEai4BQUYnDWVnSVELMQmsur

    At this moment you have 27 hr s. to make up your mind Immediately after i will get the transfer i'll get rid of this video and every little thing entirely. Or else, you should remember this footage will be forwarded to your contacts.'

    Any of you young chaps able to corrupt that digital wallet ?

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    It is of course complete nonsense and you should ignore.

    However if you pay up . They would just ask for more.

    Also having a tug to some porno is probably the number one global pastime so you are hardly public enemy number one as a result.

    And if said muppet posted pictures of you sparking your boaby they would massively incriminate themselves and leave all sorts of fingerprints local law enforcement would love to chase.

    If you were ever unfortunate enough to be a victim of this most of you contacts would rally to your cause and the ones that didn't well...now you and everyone else knows what scum they are.

    you are totally safe chillax ...go ...shuffle the knuckles

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    Had a similar email the other day, stating a password and my name. Researched things and saw it was a complete scam as has been said. Was a wake up call to change passwords though!

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