I get a steady trickle of emails from concerned people asking for advice regarding the blackmail email about their webcam being hacked. Often the email contains their password which causes them concern as it gives gravitas to the claims in the email.
By adjusting the email headers, it also looks like the email has [falsely] originated from your own email address.
This of course makes it look quite real to the naive reader. But what most people don’t realise is that even if the person has hacked into your email, there is no way this would give them access to your computer’s webcam.
Actually, the email address and password are simply lifted from a published hacked email list (do a google search on “hacked emails Pastebin” – I can’t post the link to an example owing to legalities).
Here’s a sample of the type of email content. This one I received just now, it doesn’t contain my old password – I guess they are now getting lazy. It’s a numbers game, these emails will be sent to literally thousands of people in a single send out.
Don’t fall for it. Don’t send them your money. And most of all, relax, don’t worry and be sure to keep your webcam covered at all times when you are not using it.
You might also like to do a search on “hacked webcams” if you need further motivation.
As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your account.
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 $573 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: “Buy Bitcoin”).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: 1BPUUNghhuwQjDDvFd3TnJz2ato5dyDLr8
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 48 hours 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.