[Aug 31, 2018]
Email fraudsters are using personal information to make their threats seem credible. Many people are receiving emails from hackers who are demanding anywhere between $1700 to $3000 in bitcoin or else they will send compromised information—such as pictures sexual in nature, porn-watching history and webcam video—to the victim’s friends, family and co-workers.
This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion.” This is a type of online phishing that is targeting people around the world and preying off digital-age fears.
Sextortion scammers use urgent language to scare their intended targets into paying a ransom.
The scam is in the form of an email claiming that the sender has installed a malware on the computer and has hacked the recipient’s computer and got a copy of the website history which states that the victim has visited an adult website and the scammer has recorded what they were doing via the computer’s webcam.
Cyber Security Tips:
- Don’t pay ransom as the hackers are not likely having any information and it is merely a way of threatening users.