Nigerian Bitcoin Ransomware Emails
With the COVID-19 pandemic all scams have increased. More prevalent are ones based on people staying at home and using the internet more. Bitcoin ransomware emails have increased and this takes a look at one where the sender is basically trying to blackmail the recipient into paying.
This is an example I came across from someone on a large website.
The following email is received by the person;
I know password123 is one of your password on day of hack..
Lets get directly to the point.
Not one person has paid me to check about you.
You do not know me and you're probably thinking why you are getting this email?
in fact, i actually placed a malware on the adult vids (adult porn) website and you know what, you visited this site to experience fun (you know what i mean).?
When you were viewing videos, your browser started out operating as a RDP having a key logger which provided me with accessibility to your display and web cam. immediately after that, my malware obtained every one of your contacts from your Messenger, FB, as well as email account.
after that i created a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing (you have a nice taste omg), and 2nd part displays the recording of your cam, and its you.
Best solution would be to pay me $1076.
We are going to refer to it as a donation. in this situation, i most certainly will without delay remove your video.
My -BTC -address: 3MLaFjVzvruH173qkvXcP4BubJqm76LM4K case SeNSiTiVe, copy & paste it
You could go on your life like this never happened and you will not ever hear back again from me.
You'll make the payment via Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
if you are planning on going to the law, surely, this e-mail can not be traced back to me, because it's hacked too.
I have taken care of my actions. i am not looking to ask
you for a lot, i simply want to be paid.
if i do not receive the bitcoin;, i definitely will send out your video recording to all of your contacts including friends and family, co-workers, and so on.
Nevertheless, if i do get paid, i will destroy the recording immediately.
If you need proof, reply with Yeah then i will send out your video recording to your 8 friends.
it's a nonnegotiable offer and thus please don't waste mine time & yours by replying to this message.
Okay, this arrives and the title is a password the recipient uses. They become concerned that a website they visit has data breach. They have visited some adult sites so the "threat" seems credible. Let's take a look;
The recipient contacts the website they use the password on and blame them. Not possible. In most cases not even administrators can view a password. They are encrypted. The website checks and there is no data breach
The email account being used is Gmail. It's marked as "phishing". The administrators of the website check the email, confirm and tell the recipient.
It all looks bad for the recipient but it's all a bluff
sure they have a password and in this case it's an old one used frequently in the past. All the recipient needs to do is as follows;
- Update their password
- Contact Gmail and ask their account be no longer marked as "phishing"
- Run a security scan on all their devices
- Delete the email and forget about it
The email talks about how good the "hacker" is. They're throwing around what they believe to be big words such as "malware" "key logger" and the like. So what, they've done none of that.
They claim their email can't be traced. Not true.
If you receive such an email it is all a bluff
. Delete, if it actually gets as far as you.
The increase mentioned at the start of this page commenced earlier this year and seems to be occurring again.