Cybercrime is one of the biggest illegal industries around, it ruins lives and has even led to some people who have fallen victim to such crimes taking their own life.
This latest scam whilst not new by any means has been slightly changed by the person’s committing the scam.
The cybercrime involves the criminal sending an email that states malware has been installed on the victim’s electronic device and that they have video footage of them of an intimate nature.
The email demands the victim pay money to prevent the criminals post the video of them watching porn to their family and friends. This scam is known as sextortion and has terrified people into handing over money and once started they keep coming back for more money until there is no money left.
With email spam protections increasing it has been harder for this type of scam to be carried out by the criminals, so they have found a workaround, perhaps if they put that amount of energy into ‘real work…’ but that will never happen.
The cybercriminals are using a translation bypass trick by writing the emails in for example Russian and then at the top of the email, it has the option to click on Google Translate.
A recent sextortion email obtained and translated by Bleeping Computer read: “The last time you visited a pornographic website with young teens, you downloaded and installed automatically spy software that I created.
“My program turned on your camera and recorded the act of your indignation and the video that you observed during the indignation.
“I have a video file with your masturbation and a file with all your contacts on my hard drive.”
The victim is then asked to hand over around $800 in Bitcoin within 72 hours, with the threat of intimate videos of them being sent to friends, family, and colleagues if they don’t.
The whole thing is a scam and no video has actually been recorded.
Similar scams have been used in the past where the criminals have threatened to release PowerPoint presentations made up of photos of their targeted victim watching porn.
Emails like this are made to look credible as they use the victim’s real email address and sometimes even providing details of their password.
The aim of the whole scam is to frighten recipients into sending the money to avoid their private time being exposed to friends and family.
If you receive this type of email, do not open it or links and just send it to spam, as then any future emails will be sent there too.