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    prysma
    Keymaster

    Okay, we all know there are lots of scams out there, right?

    I just got hit by one that actually spooked me until I looked more closely at it. I’ll put the text below, as a quote. It used a very, very old password of mine as both the name in the address and in the text, claiming to have hacked the email account I use for, oh, signing petitions and registering on some websites (like Facebook), a lot of everyday sorts of things, although not usually for communicating with anyone.

    It was not a valid password for anything current, although it’s unmistakably one that I used to use and switched because it was MUCH too low-security, and the rest of the email is fairly ridiculous. There is no way to verify who sent them the money they demand, for one thing, and despite being open about writing erotica, I do not hang out on porn sites. :-)

    If you get an email like this, don’t panic. They’re apparently becoming more and more common. It’s far too easy to get ahold of data sets on the dark web that they use for this kind of thing. Just change your password anywhere you might have used the one they mention, and forget about it. They do not actually have anything to blackmail you with, no matter what you do online. Sadly, there are people falling for this and paying them.

    To the best of my knowledge, for those with Cheezland accounts, we’ve never been compromised, and searching for anything about WordPress being hacked (as opposed to individual sites) comes up with nothing. But everyone leaves traces of themselves online, and it’s pretty much impossible to erase your history entirely. I’m not trying to scare anyone. I’m just sharing this so that if it turns up in your email, it won’t be such a shock. And also, be careful with your passwords, use strong ones and don’t use the same one for everything, and consider something like Two-Factor Authorization (they send you a code to your phone or email, usually) for any high-security stuff like if you do online banking. Maybe think about using a password manager (I can’t offer any advice on that, but be careful to choose a reputable one, since you’re giving them all your passwords!). ‘Kay?

    Hello!
    I'm a member of an international hacker group.
    
    As you could probably have guessed, your account [email address] was hacked, because I sent message you from it.
    
    Now I have access to you accounts!
    For example, your password for [email address] is [deleted] 
    
    Within a period from July 7, 2018 to September 23, 2018, you were infected by the virus we've created, through an adult website you've visited.
    So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers.
    Moreover, we've gotten full damps of these data.
    
    We are aware of your little and big secrets...yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..
    
    But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched!
    I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one...
    
    Transfer $700 to our Bitcoin wallet: [deleted]
    If you don't know about Bitcoin please input in Google "buy BTC". It's really easy.
    
    I guarantee that after that, we'll erase all your "data" :D
    
    A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.
    
    Your data will be erased once the money are transferred.
    If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.
    
    You should always think about your security. We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
    Take care of yourself.
    
    
    
    #58906 Reply

    annipuss
    Moderator

    Puddy had this! It was an email address that he used once for a specific purpose and has not used again. There was a warning about it in the papers here about 6 months ago. It is scary until you realise that it is absurd. I suppose that a large proportion of people do visit porn sites and could well be spooked by it.

    #58907 Reply

    puddy_tat

    Yes – If it had not quoted a pussword at me, I would not have given it any thought and just deleted it.

    I think it may have been related to the data security fail on Linked In in about 2012 (moar here) – I had an account on there very briefly around that time when I was looking for works and fairly sure it was the pussword I had used there.

    I use a similar system for most pusswords, but as a general rule it’s best not to use the exact same combination of e-meow address (or user name) and pussword for multiple sites, since if one site has a security fail, there’s a chance the hackers will try that combination elsewhere as well.

    #58971 Reply

    soprano_smurf

    Yup — the Tigger of my Heart got the identical one a few weeks ago — fortunately, his camera is gathering dust somewhere in a drawer, so the whole idea was manifestly ridiculous. What I find disturbing nevertheless is the amount of gratuitous nastiness in the world. Probably has always been there, but the Interwebs bring it into my home.

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