I Know Your Secrets…And Other Cons

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Maybe you’ve been one of the unfortunate folks who’ve received a scary email or even a letter in the mail trying to blackmail you into paying Bitcoin.

Sadly, this con has gained quite a bit of traction, because let’s be honest, many folks have their little secrets, and in the world of cons it’s all about timing. Here is a real email one of our clients received.

“Hello!

I’m a member of an international hacker group.

As you could probably have guessed, your account at john@xyzcompany.com was hacked, because I sent this message from your account.

Now I have access to all of your accounts!

For example, your password for your work email is: (insert “real” but older password my client used)

Within a period from July 31st, 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 messenger’s.

Moreover, we’ve gotten full dumps of this 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 aren’t interested in me showing this video to your friends, family, relatives, and your intimate one…

Transfer $800 to our Bitcoin wallet: 1PwENLsmQ2Z6b4EJfXDeeXKBj9v878uHRF. 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” 🙂

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 is transferred.

If they are not, all of your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all of 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.”

 

I love how the con artist ends the note, “Take care of yourself.” Wow, that’s so thoughtful of him. FYI…I also liberally edited the bad spelling and grammar, because I couldn’t help myself. Ukrainian hackers really need to get better at verb tenses and spelling.

Here are a few points to consider if you get this scam in your email or even in a printed version in the mail.

  1. How do they know my password? This part is the magic sauce that gives the con credibility. They know your password because your password was compromised. The hacker probably bought your compromised credentials on the Dark Web from one of the thousands of data breaches we have experienced in this country. Usually, they are older passwords but sometimes more recent. This doesn’t mean the hacker has taken over your life but it may entail some clean-up on your part. If it’s a work email, report it to your IT department. Don’t hold back because of embarrassment. This is a nation-wide scam, it’s not personal. The IT guys don’t think less of you. And on a more positive note, if these bad actors had really hacked you bad, you’d know, because your bank accounts would be drained and I doubt they would send you a follow up email.
  2. But they sent the email from my account? It still doesn’t mean they took over your computer and have been filming you, it just means they spoofed your email. Let your IT department know.
  3. Figure out what information of yours has been compromised. EnhancedTECH can run a Dark Web scan and let you know what compromised data you have floating around on the web. That way you can take actions to protect yourself. We also offer identity monitoring.
  4. Update your passwords regularly. Enough said.
  5. Don’t pay the ransom. Even if you have been on questionable sites, the con artist is just throwing out a guess and hoping the timing is right for the one person that already feels guilty. This is the social engineering at its best.

If you need assistance with a cybersecurity solution for your business, give EnhancedTECH a call at 714-970-9330 or contact us at sales@enhancedtech.com.

Samantha Keller

Samantha Keller

Director of Marketing and PR at EnhancedTECH
Samantha Keller (AKA Sam) is a published author, tech-blogger, event-planner and mother of three fabulous humans. Samantha has worked in the IT field for the last fifteen years, intertwining a freelance writing career along with technology sales, events and marketing. She began working for EnhancedTECH ten years ago after earning her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA and attending Fuller Seminary. She is a lover of kickboxing, extra-strong coffee, and Wolfpack football.Her regular blog columns feature upcoming tech trends, cybersecurity tips, and practical solutions geared towards enhancing your business through technology.
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