In this type of case, blackmailers send e-mails with the threat, that the victim was recorded during the visit of a pornographic website. They threaten the victim with the publication of pictures and movies, if the ransom is not paid within the mentioned time frame.
The use of passwords or mobile phone numbers increases the credibility of the claims and to unsettle recipients. The personal information, typically passwords and mobile phone numbers, are often taken from old data leaks of webshops or other online-services.
The blackmailers send the e-mails untargeted and randomly in the hope that recipients who have watched pornographic material in the past will be frightened by the threat and pay.
You may assume that the attackers do not possess any compromising material. Up to now, we are not aware of any successful cases.
- Do not respond to such e-mails.
- Should you still use the indicated password somewhere, we urge you to change it immediately. It is recommended to regularly change the password and to use a separate password for each service.
- Other recommendations can be found on the following link
Beside the above-mentioned unspecific e-mails with empty threats, there are also cases of targeted extortion. In such cases, the attackers pretend to find the victim attractive and try to convince the victim to undress himself/herself. More Information you will find on the website of the Swiss Criminal Prevention (in german, French and Italian only) https://www.skppsc.ch/de/themen/internet/sextortion-erpressung
Example of an untargeted extortion with a given password:
It appears that, [Password], 's your password. You might not know me and you are most likely wondering why you're getting this e mail, right?
in fact, I setup a viruses on the adult vids (porno) website and guess what happens, you visited this site to have fun (you know very well what What i'm saying is). During the time you were watching videos, your internet browser started off working like a RDP (Remote Access) which provided accessibility to your screen and web cam. from then on, my software program obtained all of your current contacts out of your Messenger, Outlook, Facebook, as well as emails.
What did I actually do?
I created a double-screen video clip. First part shows the video you're seeing (you've got a good taste haha . . .), and Second part shows the recording of your web camera.
what exactly should you do?
Well, in my opinion, $11000 is a fair price for our little hidden secret. You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you do not know this, search "how to buy bitcoin" search engines like google).
Bitcoin Address: [BitCoin Address]
(It is case sensitive, so copy and paste it)
You've got 3 days to make the payment. (I have a special pixel within this e mail, and at this moment I know you have read this email message). If I do not get the BitCoins, I will certainly send your video recording to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, and so on. Having said that, if I receive the payment, I'll destroy the recording immidiately. If you need evidence, reply with "Yes!" and i'll certainly send out your videos to your 6 contacts. It is a non-negotiable offer, that being said don't waste my personal time and yours by responding to this message