Someone is watching everything you’ve been doing online, and wow. Just wow.
That’s essentially the pitch of a terrifying new online scam, and you shouldn’t become the next victim!
Here’s how it goes: After obtaining one of your passwords (probably by purchasing it from one of the many leaks over the years), some bad actor will send you an email.
That email will show your password, and warn you that more of your personal data — including hacked webcam footage of your behavior while sampling some of the internet’s more risque corners — will find the light of day if you don’t pay up.
Here’s one email that’s been making the rounds:
I’m aware that X is your password.
You don’t know me and you’re thinking why you received this e mail, right?
Well, I actually placed a malware on the porn website and guess what, you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video, your web browser acted as a RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam. Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger, Facebook account, and email account.
What exactly did I do?
I made a split-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).
What should you do?
Well, I believe, $1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You’ll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address (if you don’t know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google) .
BTC Address: 1Dvd7Wb72JBTbAcfTrxSJCZZuf4tsT8V72
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message, and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don’t get the payment, I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, coworkers, and so forth. Nonetheless, if I do get paid, I will erase the video immidiately. If you want evidence, reply with “Yes!” and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer, so don’t waste my time and yours by replying to this email.
Woah. This is cool. A Bitcoin ransom with using what I think is passwords from a big leak. Pretty neat since people would be legit scared when they see their password. The concealed part is actually an old password I used to use. pic.twitter.com/clEYiFqvHY
— can (@can) July 11, 2018
“I made a split-screen video,” the letter reads. “First part recorded the video you were viewing (you’ve got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It’s you doing nasty things!).”
Here’s what you need to know — They almost certainly do not have any videos.
What’s more, of the cases that have been reported, the passwords have been quite old. Still, it’s scary to see a password you’ve used published in such a threatening manner.
But to the question of whether or not your webcam is hackable, the answer is most certainly yes.
If you’re really concerned about it, a post-it can work wonders.