Blackmailers Threatens to Leak Users Masturbation Vids Demands Bitcoin Ransom
It seems the cryptocurrency community is under threat of a new form of crypto blackmail tactic, always there is something or someone lurking in the depths ready to steal your hard hodl’d crypto.
Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gün Sirer has shared an email that seems to take advantage of filtered passwords to swindle Bitcoin out of unsuspecting victims, demanding they pay a ransom.
Here’s a new form of cryptoblackmail. A friend received this out of the blue. Presumably, it’s getting sent to everyone on the haveibeenpwnd list.
Be careful out there, never pay, never negotiate. pic.twitter.com/VFl5s1duCe
— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) July 11, 2018
Taking all precautions, if you receive such an email it would be wise to ignore it and don’t respond to it regardless of recognizing the password shown it can’t be stressed enough that by simply receiving it.
Though it’s quite not clear how many users have been affected so far a review revealed that the Bitcoin address included in the blackmail email appears to have received over 2.8 BTC (approximately $17,000) in the last couple of days.
Those affected should change all passwords to a complex one. https://haveibeenpwned.com/ is a great way to check if your account has been affected.
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