Ransomware Email

Pigoo

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This morning I received what I'm assuming is a generic "ransomeware" email. I've gotten plenty of these sent to my personal email accounts...but this is the first one I've received that was via the website email address...very likely via a "Contact Us" link.

Anyone else get these via their website...if so do you get them frequently...and am I correct that this is simply a generic ransomeware email that's probably nothing to be concerned about?

Thanks


Here's the email text:

Hello!

As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your device.

I've been watching you for a few months now.
The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.

If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.

I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence.

Why your antivirus did not detect malware?
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.

I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks.
I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.

If you want to prevent this,
transfer the amount of $726 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: "Buy Bitcoin").

My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 14tfS3yWL2cABhXVJZ97XRhuDXC69aWH6Y

After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 50 hours (more than 2 days) to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.

Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.

If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.

Best regards!
 

Anton Chigurh

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am I correct that this is simply a generic ransomeware email that's probably nothing to be concerned about?
Yep, you're correct.

And no it was NOT sent from your own email account. It's spoofed.
 

Pigoo

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Thanks for the reply.

You don't think it could have been sent from someone clicking on a "Contact Us" link on the website...since it was sent to "webmaster@xyz.com"...where "xyz" is the correct name of the website?

Thanks
 

doubt

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As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your device.
Why did he choose exactly that one email address?
He has full access to your device he knows all your email addresses, expect some more emails to all your email addresses.
They are not coming?
 

zappaDPJ

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I get these emails on a very regular basis. So many in fact that they make a 59 year old feel virile and proud. If only they were for real :(:cry:
 

R0binHood

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If you want to expose and broadcast yourself to the world, you just need a YouTube channel these days mate, no need to wait for a wannabe hacker to pretend to do it for you and force you to pay. I’m sure we could get you a few subs if we market your channel a bit :D
 

Anton Chigurh

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Thanks for the reply.

You don't think it could have been sent from someone clicking on a "Contact Us" link on the website...since it was sent to "webmaster@xyz.com"...where "xyz" is the correct name of the website?

Thanks
I am only addressing the initial essential false claim the phishing email makes.
 

Pigoo

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Thanks everyone. I definitely get this sort of stuff fairly regularly with my personal email accounts...first time from a website account.

Thanks:)
 

Jim McClain

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I kinda chuckle when I get these. My PC doesn't have a camera, so I'm tempted to reply and ask the guy for proof: am I left-handed, or right? :D
 

Klaatu

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My girlfriend and I still laugh when we remember a similar email I got a while ago... where the scammer claims he had me on tape "soloing". I'm a guitarist and I solo all the time... but I don't think he meant that. :D
 

R0binHood

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The trick if you do ever get caught, is to just get ahead of it and own it by posting any home recordings on YouPorn, then making a big public post about the situation on Facebook and link to the vids before the blackmailer does.

 

salem

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Anyone else get these via their website...if so do you get them frequently...and am I correct that this is simply a generic ransomeware email that's probably nothing to be concerned about?
Got one on the 7th from some like "anonymous hacker" ,very similar with the bitcoin demand and that my cam & contact list had been hacked . Oddly enough there's nothing in the site contact list and I don't have a cam .
So nothing to worry about :)
Suppose it made a change from the normal porn gallery type links through "contact us" :D
 

TheChiro

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I've received probably 100 of these lol All very similar, all telling me they have videos of me playing with my junk and that I have great taste in porn (I do, but I digress :whistle:). Seeing as I only have my desktop and haven't had a webcam connected to it for about 5 years now...it makes it tough to see me fondling my jollies. :LOL:

Heck, I've even had ones say "Here's your password" and yeah, it's correct.......FOR SITES I DON'T CARE ABOUT but needed a login! And rightfully so...they were hacked, and got my ezpz throw away password. I'll bet they were dumb enough to even try that on the email address they sent their extortion to lol These people are definitely foreign with very low IQs hoping to prey on those with even lower IQs.

I've debated on messaging them back sending them some random dude playing with himself saying "Thanks! I received your email, traced your IP through the email headers, hacked into your webcam, and uploaded your video to [your favorite porn uploading site]. Send me $1000 in BTC to this address and I will take it down." lol Make them watch some dude whacking it to make sure it isn't them. :einstein::einstein::einstein:
 

mysiteguy

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I've debated on messaging them back sending them some random dude playing with himself saying "Thanks! I received your email, traced your IP through the email headers, hacked into your webcam, and uploaded your video to [your favorite porn uploading site]. Send me $1000 in BTC to this address and I will take it down." lol Make them watch some dude whacking it to make sure it isn't them. :einstein::einstein::einstein:

That would be funny. Reminds me of James T. Kirk reverse scam someone pulled on a Nigerian scammer.

He basically dragged the guy along, saying he was heading to Nigeria with money because he had to get out of his country fast because he "took care of his wife". He sent the guy an extremely well done fake photo of his wife dead in a bloody bathtub as proof. He told the Nigerian he'd pay him huge sums to help him out. He sent him fake documentation, including copies of his plane tickets and a fake driver's license with James T. Kirk as his name (using a picture of Captain Kirk from one of the Star Trek movies!). He made sure to keep the Nigerian in the loop as to his progress, when he landed in London, when he boarded his flight from there to Nigerian, the hotel he was planning to stay at in Nigeria and more.

The Nigerian bought the entire story and ended up waiting at the Nigerian airport for someone who never showed up, calling the guy and asking him where he was.
 

TheChiro

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That would be funny. Reminds me of James T. Kirk reverse scam someone pulled on a Nigerian scammer.

He basically dragged the guy along, saying he was heading to Nigeria with money because he had to get out of his country fast because he "took care of his wife". He sent the guy an extremely well done fake photo of his wife dead in a bloody bathtub as proof. He told the Nigerian he'd pay him huge sums to help him out. He sent him fake documentation, including copies of his plane tickets and a fake driver's license with James T. Kirk as his name (using a picture of Captain Kirk from one of the Star Trek movies!). He made sure to keep the Nigerian in the loop as to his progress, when he landed in London, when he boarded his flight from there to Nigerian, the hotel he was planning to stay at in Nigeria and more.

The Nigerian bought the entire story and ended up waiting at the Nigerian airport for someone who never showed up, calling the guy and asking him where he was.
lol I hadn't heard/seen that one. Did you catch this one?


The end result is AMAZING! lol
 

LeadCrow

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As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your device.
Not necessarily, sender adresses can be spoofed.
Also, never transmit money, the transaction is meant to confirm you're a (re)exploitable target. Pay once and you will be made to pay again, not left alone. Accepting to pay higher amounts also reveals the worth of your system and may lead to aggressive hack attempts.

In general, any machine you may have the slightest suspicion about should be assumed compromised. Nuking the OS and all storage partitions after backing up your dara offline would minimize risk of (re?)infection and allow you to restore activity from a verifiably clean point.
 
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