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Sextortion Revisited

Sextortion Revisited

Lately, a handful of friends and colleagues told me they received an email that claiming that a malicious hacker had installed malware on their computer through a porn site. The email showed one of the recipient’s passwords and explained that the hacker has access to the recipient’s webcam and has a log of all of their keystrokes. Then the hacker gives the recipient two choices: 

  1. Ignore the email and a video of the recipient, visiting the porn site will be sent to all of the recipient’s contacts.

  2. Or, pay a ransom in bitcoin, and the hacker will delete the video.

This email scam that has been a popular phishing attack in 2018. As cybersecurity reporter, Brian Krebs, blogged about back in July, “Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that could serve to make the con far more believable.” 

If you happen to receive one of these emails…