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New Type of Bitcoin Scam Points Porn Viewers. Should You Worry?

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Porn viewers are targeted by hackers. They are blackmailed to pay $ 1,900 for “our little secret”- accepted only in Bitcoin.

A new type of scammers claims to share personal videos of porn viewers. A large number of individuals have been threatened via mail by hackers who promise to share with relatives, friends and coworkers compromising webcam videos while pornographic videos were displaying.

I know, XXXXX, is your pass word. You do not know me and you are probably wondering why you’re getting this e mail, right?” – this is how the mail begins.

The hacker threatens to share compromising videos

Later, the hacker explains that after a malware was installed on pornographic websites he managed to hack the visitors’ computers. While porn videos were playing, it was automatically installed RDP- a remote control desktop app which allowed the hacker to manipulate personal data stored on the device. The victim is then notified that she/he was filmed via the webcam while watching porn videos. The most threatening side is the hacker’s promise to distribute the compromising filming to the community the victim is part of.

Is it real or bluff?

Everything looks real and threatening, but the email is too ambiguous as it does not indicate any specific pornographic website. To appear credible, the hacker offers to display “proof” by sharing the videos with nine contacts. The fact that the scammer promises to share the footage only by shaming the victim, it already indicates to be a bluff.

The price for “our little secret” is $ 1,900

The email goes ahead indicating that the price for “our little secret” is $ 1,900. The payment is accepted only in Bitcoin (BTC), being forwarded a BTC address.

Well, I believe, $ 1900 is a fair price tag for our little secret. You’ll make the payment through Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).”

Don’t pay them!

Professor of Cornell University Emin Gün Sirer shared with his followers on Twitter an example of blackmail received by one of his friends. He advised victims not to pay the requested amount or try to negotiate with hackers. According to the professor, emails were automatically sent using the hasibeenpwned list.

Once the crypto sector is growing, and Bitcoin is increasingly accepted, hackers are trying to take advantage of the moment and earn some money. Make sure you protect your device using the best antivirus.

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