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If you have ever been threatened in your life, you will know it’s not a pleasant experience. A direct threat of violence was pretty much all you would have expected in your life, until the invention of the world wide web, emails and social media. Now we can and are very much subjected to threats of a very different nature to violent threats. But these threats are nonetheless very real sometimes. I’m talking about the current trend of threat where an email is sent to your inbox and the sender immediately threatens that they will expose what you have been up to online. It goes something like this.

Hello, I know your password is: ???????????

Your computer was infected with my RAT (Remote Administration Tool), your browser wasn’t updated / patched, in such case it’s enough to just visit some website where my iframe is placed to get automatically infected, if you want to find out more – Google: “Drive-by exploit”.

My malware gave me full access to all your accounts (see password above), full control over your computer and it also was possible to spy on you over your webcam.

I collected all your private data and I RECORDED YOU (through your webcam) SATISFYING YOURSELF!

After that I removed my malware to not leave any traces and this email was sent from some hacked server.

I can publish the video of you and all your private data on the whole web, social networks, over email of all contacts and send it to your friends.

But you can stop me and only I can help you out in this situation.

Transfer exactly 800$ in bitcoin (BTC).

It’s a very good offer, compared to all that horrible shit that will happen if I publish everything!

The sender then goes on to tell you that you must buy an amount of bitcoins and pay them into their bitcoin wallet. Now here’s where the helpful idiot is making a mistake. Most bitcoin wallets can reveal an awful lot about the owner and indeed even their name and location in many cases. Not a good move on behalf of a blackmailer.

Apart from that, this message, sent to my inbox, indicated¬† that –

I collected all your private data and I RECORDED YOU (through your webcam) SATISFYING YOURSELF!

which would be a miracle because I don’t have a webcam.

Suffice to say, the email was a bullshit scam. But nonetheless it was a threat, meant as a threat and in fact an attempt at blackmail. This sort of threat is like holding a gun with no bullets to your victim’s head. You, as the victim, can’t be sure the threat isn’t real, even though you don’t own a webcam. So, here’s my advice. Pass the email onto your local police who will know exactly what to do with it and hopefully they can catch the scum that sends out these mass phising emails.

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