One of the most successful email scams in years has added new tricks and shows no sign of stopping.
Criminals are continuing to successfully trick people into thinking their computers have been infected with malware that recorded videos of them watching porn. The criminals threaten to share the videos with all the victim's contacts unless they receive payment in Bitcoin.
To make their claim more believable, criminals have been revealing they know a real password the victim has used. On top of that, new versions of the scam are spoofing victims’ email addresses, making it appear the messages are being sent from the victim’s own “hijacked” account.
The criminals aren't actually infecting victims with malware. They've simply gained access to email addresses and passwords previously leaked in large data breaches (ex: the 2012 LinkedIn breach). People who receive these emails should NOT pay.
Unfortunately, the scam has been remarkably effective. Criminals have netted over $4 million in Bitcoin payments over the span of just three months.
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