A threatening hoax email that seems to have correctly got hold of your email password
The hoax emails comes in various forms
Here is an example:
Subject: "Account Issue"
Body of the email message:
Hi, dear user of yourdomain.com (This will be your domain)
We have installed one RAT software into you device.
For this moment your email account is hacked (see on <from address>, I messaged you from your account).
I have downloaded all confidential information from your system and I got some more evidence.
The most interesting moment that I have discovered are videos records where you masturbating.
I posted my virus on porn site, and then you installed it on your operation system.
When you clicked the button Play on porn video, at that moment my trojan was downloaded to your device.
After installation, your front camera shoots video every time you masturbate, in addition, the software is synchronized with the video you choose.
For the moment, the software has collected all your contact information from social networks and email addresses.
If you need to erase all of your collected data, send me $800 in BTC (crypto currency).
This is my Bitcoin wallet: 1HqUfvPooEY3fQPsuM4dRzq5uzTQjDoYpt
You have 48 hours after reading this letter.
After your transaction I will erase all your data.
Otherwise, I will send video with your pranks to all your colleagues and friends!!!
And henceforth be more careful!
Please visit only secure sites!
Here's another variation of the scam:
I'm a member of an international hacker group.
As you could probably have guessed, your account YourEmailAddressHere was hacked, because I sent message you from it.
Now I have access to you accounts!
For example, your password for YourEmailAddressHere is YourGuessedPassword
Within a period from July 7, 2018 to September 23, 2018, you were infected by the virus we've created, through an adult website you've visited.
So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers.
Moreover, we've gotten full damps of these data.
We are aware of your little and big secrets...yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..
But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched!
I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one...
Transfer $800 to our Bitcoin wallet: 1CMQMKmvT4hz2k2ijyxVxN7fHS62K7uQ7z
If you don't know about Bitcoin please input in Google "buy BTC". It's really easy.
I guarantee that after that, we'll erase all your "data" :)
A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.
Your data will be erased once the money are transferred.
If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.
You should always think about your security.
We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
Take care of yourself.
How did they get your password?
Many websites have the facility for your to create an account. For example websites for shopping, forums, communities, blogs etc.x
It is common for people to choose the same password for everything (as it makes it easier to remember).
It is also quite common for websites with logins to be compromised and for scammers to then gain your email address and the password you use for the login.
However if the email account is looked after by Easykey we will have created you a random difficult to guess password. (so no need to change that)
How can you tell it is a hoax?
The most obvious flaw in this plan is that BitCoin is an anonymous payment service. Large numbers of the scam emails use exactly the same BitCoin address. Therefore even if the ransom was paid, the extorter would not be able to tell who has paid; so logically how are they supposed to know who not to attack? Also, people foolish enough to have paid the ransom have continued to receive identical threatening emails.
Nonetheless, many people have been taken in by this scam as they use details that seem familiar to you.
Delete the email
Change the password of your email account (just in case they have guessed it)
Do not reply
Always use a unique password for each and every thing
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