Jump to content

DONT STAY LURKING AS A GUEST,

JOIN TEF AND BENEFIT FROM MEMBERSHIP:

CLICK HERE TO JOIN.
ProDave

Emails, Passwords and the latest internet scam.

Recommended Posts

ProDave

Yesterday morning I had an email that got me in a bit of a panic. I normally ignore and delete anything that is obviously spam but this one was titled "your password is *****" and that indeed was a word that formed part of a password I had in use. so it got my attention.

The email was demanding $1000 paid in bitcoin otherwise they will send images of me "enjoying myself" captured on my web cam to everyone in my address book. I don't even have a web cam so I know that is untrue, but I still worried they could send any indecent video and claim it was me.

First thing I did was take that computer off line. Then using a different computer spent the morning going round and changing all my passwords. None of them now use that old word or even part of it. This includes all the passwords for websites, passwords for my email servers, web domain log in passwords and website hosting passwords. All changed to something completely new and all different.

Then to have a look at the other computer. The email claimed to have installed a key logger which is how they got my password (and why I changed them using a different computer). But Avast, Malware Bytes and CCleaner could not find anything suspicious so I now believe I have not been hacked and they don't have a copy of my address book.

I then did some googling and found the answer to how this scam is operating.

It appears from all the large scale data breaches there have been, that in certain places you can buy lists of email addresses and the passwords associated with them. This is where all that hacked data is ending up. Such lists are likely to be a bit out of date but be warned if you have not changed your passwords recently, your email address and current password might be on that list.

So all the scammers are doing is sending the same message to people on that list quoting the password that is associated with that email to make you believe your computer really has been hacked.

So the message to everyone, is if you have not changed your passwords for a while GO AND DO IT NOW.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Sharpend

Great post Dave, although I have to ask myself why does Dave get targeted with so many scams??? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Andy™

been getting a few of those recently, only 1 has ever had a password (rest are blank) and that was one thats old and not used any more. they all follow the same pattern so a few rules on the mail server deals with most of them

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Murdoch

I had one a short while back and if I didn't pay up they claimed they would post dodgy photos on another site ....

 

I ignored it ..

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
M107

 Not that I do anything in front of my pc's....................but I'm afraid I am a little old school with persec & all webcams are covered with some electrical tape.

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
SPECIAL LOCATION
On ‎14‎/‎09‎/‎2018 at 10:43, Murdoch said:

I had one a short while back and if I didn't pay up they claimed they would post dodgy photos on another site ....

 

I ignored it ..

 

 

We all enjoyed those photos and videos...

 

But I was surprised you could bend as much as that??

 

It must have been the external influences of three 18 year old's massaging your joints with baby oil whilst standing naked due to the broken heating system only operating above 35degrees C.

I never knew ladies could produce so much moisture in those places!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Glad you didn't pay those Bitcoins!

:Salute   :popcorn

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Evans Electric

OoooH!! Thats Murdo is it    ???

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

Terms of UseWe have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.