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Old 5th November 2018, 19:21
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A particularly nasty piece of Internet criminal activity has emerged. It involves malware inserted in some apparently quite innocent web sites, malware that can impose a keylogger into one's computer and take over its web cam. The malware then (supposedly) captures one's log-in password, address book, all email addresses, and even social media accounts and passwords.
The originator of this malware then sends a very nasty and threatening email to the owner of the afflicted computer accusing them of having visited a pornographic web site that his malware has infected. He says that he has captured screen shots from the web cam of the owner while he (she?) is watching the porn video. He says that he has then created a video that begins with the porn and ends with the web cam shots of the owner viewing it. Then, unless he is paid $3,000 in bitcoins he will send that created video to everyone in the victim's address book and social web sites. He generously offers advice upon how the bitcoin payment can be made. The email is the same in all cases.
The start of this seems to be an email into one's inbox titled with one's first name and computer log in password. Obviously most users would open the email in wondering how the sender knew their log in password, and the blackmailer then knows that his email has been read. Even if one has never visited a porn site in one's life it would be difficult to contest a video that first shows a porn site and then one apparently watching it (but it cannot be both together). This has, apparently, happened recently to three journalists in an Irish mainstream newspaper, two of whom were investigating pornography on the Internet as part of their investigations into child pornography, and one woman journalist who had never visited a porn site in her life.
So then what to do when this horrific email arrives in one's inbox? First, don't open any email that has your log-in password in its title. Secondly, cover your web cam (probably the most dangerous items of computer technology -- I understand that in the USA the FBI and CIA require that all their computer web cams are covered). Thirdly buy anti-malware software, because antivirus software doesn't generally intercept malware -- and neither do firewalls. Then don't respond to a blackmail email since will that will do is put you on a "Sucker" list where your name will be traded in the dark web. Install a malware detector (there are many out there) and run a malware scan at least weekly.
Then finally, if this malicious blackmailer does ever send his videos to your address list, he will have eliminated any claim he thinks he might have on you. He ain't going to do that!
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Old 5th November 2018, 21:51
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Art, it's a total scam. I've had eight of them from different senders (I'd a look at the Internet Headers).
They say that your account, [email protected], was hacked and that's how they sent you an email from it.
They haven't; it's spoofed, not hacked. If they sent it from your basic account it should appear in the online 'SENT' file. Mine doesn't show anything of the kind. It just APPEARS to be from my account.
They say that they have the password to your email account and tell you what it is. The password they quoted for me is one I use with a redundant email address for logging on to unimportant websites. It is not the email password.

I guess they've hacked someone's servers; perhaps bought them when the owner went out of business.

If they've anything on you they'd send you a copy of the video or, at least, a couple of stills. I believe that's what our Russian and Chinese friends do, at least so we were warned in the sixties.

Anyway, a good headsup for the young chaps; no wanking for the cameras unless you're getting the Equity rate
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Old 5th November 2018, 22:24
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Art, I received one of those emails last week ( he/she wanted $850 in bitcoin) and it was to an email address that I use for Ebay and Shipsnostalgia, I contacted (by phone) Ebay to see what was going on and they looked at my account and told me that, that day there had been two failed attempts to log in to my account and they would monitor the situation.

I knew the email was rubbish because I have had the web cam on my laptop covered from the first day of having the laptop.

Have any other Shipsnostalgia members received one of these emails?



Cheers Frank

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Old 5th November 2018, 23:20
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One of my US artist friends was subject to similar attack,her husband took the set to a security company who had a backlog of laptops awaiting clearing....story was usually the same and in her case she had a frozen screen with the message and still there when shut down.
Another UK friend has been told by his employer to disconnect any cameras and only use his smartphone when visuals are needed.
Must be something in It.....
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Old 6th November 2018, 15:23
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My rather old Logitech camera has a shutter that turns it on and off. That always has seemed like a good idea.

I bought a mini laptop a few years ago, it looked so good apart from a sort of squiggle of white top left of screen. I spent ages trying to get it off, it was the camera label. Bit of Bluetack.
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Old 6th November 2018, 23:24
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had on binned it end of story
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Old 7th November 2018, 09:01
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I and my son in law both got these blackmail emails . I am not very up to date with my computer skills or should I say a lack of , but done the same binned them . I rely on my daughters to keep me right with these matters .
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Old 7th November 2018, 10:32
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I don't use an antivirus on my Mac. I have Malwarebytes instead. Very good at picking up malicious web sites.
Another thing I do is to have 2 Web browsers installed. Have any 2 of the excellent browsers available, and use 1. Then if you have your normal browser frozen by a blackmailer offering to unfreeze it for a fee, you can just get online again on the other and look for a cure, or forget the 1st one entirely. However if you didn't download a 2nd browser, you have no hope. Do it now!
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Old 7th November 2018, 11:20
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Normally there is not a problem opening the emails but you MUST NOT click or open any links or anything on the email, you can then forward it to the relevant spoof email address.
The reason that I contacted Ebay was that in the email they had my log-in details (not password) for ebay, now that is to much of a coincidence.....

Cheers Frank
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Old 7th November 2018, 12:31
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Frank P, If it's of any interest, it wasn't my eBay log-in they had, only a very old pair which I don't use for anything serious.

I use a different email and password for buying online - and also all different for family, friends and business, each with its own Outlook folder.
Paranoid? Moi?

We tend to forget how much info there is about us stored in servers all over the place including indiscreet remarks made when 'tired and emotional'. (Speaking, of course, for myself and not any of the SN upstanding gentlemen)
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Old 7th November 2018, 14:37
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Basil, I also use several email address's for different things, it just happens that I use the same one for Shipsnpstalgia and Ebay ( not for much longer) but no private (friends) emails, so the cretins could not have flooded my friends with spam, but what got me thinking was when the Ebay fraud operative told me that there had been two failed attempts to log in to my account, he explained what the cretins do with access to the account " they list non existent goods and do a runner with the money when they are sold", like I said Ebay are monitoring my account for any suspicious activity.

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Old 8th November 2018, 13:25
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I've had several of these emails indicating that they have monitored me tossing off during watching porn on line. Unless I paid up they would release footage of me doing the business.

Deleted the email and I'm sill waiting for the Oscar nomination!!!!!!

However, they did have a correct login password and this itself is disturbing.

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Old 8th November 2018, 14:25
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Received similar a few days after being notified by a site saying they had been hacked and email addresses obtained. No camera on my pc, ipad, phones etc have facing camera lens obscured. Not into selfies...
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Old 8th November 2018, 15:20
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I have no idea of how they got a password that I used nor been informed by any site that has been compromised. Like you, I do not use cameras on laptops,selfies or engage in visiting porn sites. That is what makes it somewhat disturbing.

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Old 16th November 2018, 01:50
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Do not respond in any way shape or form.
These scumbags send email like out to randomly generated email addresses responding tells them that it is a monitored live email.

The other way these scumbags operate is by hacking a site and getting the password and usernames then sending emails out.

You can report them to the police for demanding money with menaces. However they are probably in a different country and the local plod is unlikely to do anything.


Run cleanup of Ccleaner
Run a good internet security product, AVG, Norton, McAfee etc.
This would be a good time to change your passwords.
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