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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:32 pm 
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I'll admit I became a little nervous when I received this email last night. But, as I read through it, I realized it probably wasn't credible.
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Good morning!

Do not pay attention on my illiteracy, Im from China.I installed our virus on your system.After that I stole all private background from your OS. In addition I received a little bit more compromising evidence.The most interesting evidence which I got- its a video with your self-abusing.I put malicious software on a porn page and after you installed it. The moment you decided with the video and clicked on a play button, my deleterious soft at once loaded on your device.

After adjusting, your web camera shoot the record with you self-abusing, moreover malware captured exactly the porn video you chose. In next few days my deleterious soft captured all your social media and work contacts.

If you need to delete all the evidence- send me 440 united state dollar in Bitcoins.
Its my Bitcoin address - 1ASKFTC9EhHjG52zsSynvWQoFTaQmzLtfa

You have 24 h. after reading. As soon as I receive transaction I will eliminate the videotape forever. Other way I will forward the tape to all your colleagues and friends.

At first, I wanted to reply, hoping to trip him up by asking whether he was referring to my computer running Windows 10 or the one running Windows 8. I don't run Windows at all.

But, despite his threat about releasing a video of me "self-abusing," I decided it was best not to reply at all. Because, the fact is, I don't own a web cam.

Thing is, I just now Googled the alleged bitcoin address: the same email showed up online, with a few slight differences, as being from someone in Japan.

ClamXAV (love the new version 3) says my environment is clean, so I'm confident. But this email DID get my attention at first.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:53 pm 
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Krebs wrote about this a while back. Link + I think he addressed it again more recently. Scam hoping they'll catch a few.

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/07/sex ... t-page-23/


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:16 pm 
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If they had installed ransomware on your computer you wouldn't have received an email, you would have woken up to a message up on your screen and all your files would already be encrypted.

If you didn't have an offline backup (one that's normally disconnected from your system and only connected during backups) then all your data would be gone because it would all be encrypted.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:22 pm 
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A scam... but $440 would be cheap to see a video shot through the Duct Tape plastered over the camera even before the iMac was pulled out of the box!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:33 pm 
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Lol. I just don't get the interesting spam anymore. All I get is crap recruiting spam from some dick named Richard Huber at computeroxy dot com, a shady Polish job advertising service and prodigious academic spammer. Why the f*** my institution can't block his ceaseless stream of crap emails remains one of life's great mysteries, right up there with how they make teflon stick to the pan and why the blue flavor is called "raspberry."

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:36 pm 
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I would request that if you pay him $440 that he snailmail you the videotape rather than getting rid of it. China Post doesn't cost all that much.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 3:51 pm 
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Write back and say you're ready to pay up but before you do you must have links to some good stuff.

"self abusing" ???


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:23 pm 
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I wonder if that's what boofing really means.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:32 pm 
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It's now exactly 24 hours after my email server timestamped the ransomware email.

"Self-abusing" is, apparently, a more refined way of saying "masturbation." The similar email (allegedly from Japan) I found when Googling the bitcoin address used "masturbation" instead, and asked for over $800.

Since buying my refurbished iPad several years ago, there's been gaffer's tape over the two camera lenses because of the allegations the cameras can be remotely accessed.

MonkeyBoy: how can I be sure my computer is adequately protected against this sort of thing? I have ClamXAV, my Mail app is configured to NOT automatically download new messages (I check the server to trash anything I don't want before it gets to my computer), I allow only very few applications firewall access, my web browsers warn me immediately if I land on a site that is of questionable integrity, and the Ghostery plugin will abort any questionable page redirects. Can you recommend a site where I can get reliable information on securing my computer and attached drives?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 pm 
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I forgot to ask: do a computer's network connections (specifically internet) become disabled when a user logs out and the computer is put into sleep mode?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:33 pm 
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You can't possibly achieve or guarantee the kind of security you are asking for, no matter the A-V, firewall (the Mac firewall not intended as protection against threats) etc.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:31 pm 
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HAHAHA! “Self abusing” – please do tell us what sort of sadistic rituals you are involved with! :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :whip:

Meanwhile I am feeling lonely and insignificant since no overseas would-be-extortionists have contacted me; is my life really that dull? :roll: :bonk:

-he who stacks pork

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:34 pm 
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Leopold Porkstacker wrote:
HAHAHA! “Self abusing” – please do tell us what sort of sadistic rituals you are involved with! :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :whip:

Meanwhile I am feeling lonely and insignificant since no overseas would-be-extortionists have contacted me; is my life really that dull? :roll: :bonk:

-he who stacks pork


Well, given the high number of failed hackintoshes, they probably can't even reach you most of the time. So...silver lining, I guess? :D

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:37 pm 
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Squishy Tia wrote:
Leopold Porkstacker wrote:
HAHAHA! “Self abusing” – please do tell us what sort of sadistic rituals you are involved with! :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :whip:

Meanwhile I am feeling lonely and insignificant since no overseas would-be-extortionists have contacted me; is my life really that dull? :roll: :bonk:

-he who stacks pork


Well, given the high number of failed hackintoshes, they probably can't even reach you most of the time. So...silver lining, I guess? :D


Ironically I am STILL using Apple hardware for my “important” personal/day-to-day stuff… once I get an actual Hackintosh going with my personal/important shit I am sure the scammers will be out in full force! :mrgreen:

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:13 am 
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I got an email like that a month or so ago.

Didn't reply. Felt like saying the sender owes me money, you don't get to look at my videos for free!

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I always aim at the video camera :snail:

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