Scammers Declare to Have Webcam Footage of Users Seeing Pornography

August 11, 2018

 

A new variation of an old cheat is presently gaining traction and is deceiving a lot of people into paying scammers money to avoid having confidential information disclosed.

The scammers declare to have added malware to adult sites which has been transferred onto a user’s PC. The malware is supposedly capable of taking complete control of the webcam, which has been used to tape a video of the user while they were visiting pornographic websites. The scammers state they have a clear videotape which will be made public and transmitted to all the user’s social media contacts, which have likewise been stolen by the malware.

To evade the humiliation from the publication of the videotape, the user is compelled to make a Bitcoin payment. The payments demanded have varied from $200 and $700.

This is obviously a cheat. The electronic mails have been transmitted in a huge campaign and are speculative. Just like the several other phishing cheats that are transmitted every second of every day, it is a numbers game. The scammers are depending on a small fraction of electronic mail receivers being deceived.

Although there is no reference of the website that was supposedly visited, and no copy of the video linked in the electronic mail, the cheat has proven successful with some users. Out of fear they have paid up.

A second type of the cheat is also being transmitted that has added reliability. The attackers have included extremely private information in the electronic mail that suggests the electronic mail doesn’t contain a hollow threat. The electronic mail contains the user’s password as verification that their computer has been undermined.

This type of cheat comes with a much higher demand for payment. Electronic mails having the password need a payment in the thousands. A few of the electronic mails have asked for up to $8,000 to evade publication of the video.

This too is a cheat and a hollow threat, although a much more realistic cheat. The password has not been obtained through malware, instead, it has been bought together with a lot of other compromised identifications from previous data breaches or has been scrapped from a list of identifications that have been posted online. This information might have come from any number of data breaches and the password is likely to be old.

Nevertheless, for people that reuse old passwords or never change their passwords, the electronic mails will be particularly frightening. And more effective.

As per one safety scientist who has been following the Bitcoin wallets linked with this cheat – of which there are over 300 – the scammers have already been paid about $250,000 in Bitcoin.

If you receive an electronic mail like this do not panic and do not pay. This is a cheat, however, there are steps to take instantly.

The scammers don’t have a video of you, however, they do have your password. Firstly, alter all of your passwords and use an exclusive, strong password for all accounts.  Visit haveibeenpwned.com and enter your electronic mail address to find out which site was breached. The site will inform you where the password was obtained (if known) and if it has been posted online.

Additional cheats like this can be expected along the same subject. They might include malevolent links or malevolent attachments. The best course of action is to disregard the electronic mails, but if the password is recent, an action is required to safeguard your accounts.