An old scare tactic has been reenergized and is on the rise again. Attackers are circulating emails that state that the recipient’s computer was hacked, a video was taken through the victim’s webcam while viewing an adult website and the email includes the victim’s password. Attackers have been combing through old breaches to obtain email addresses and old passwords and sending that to their victims to “prove” that they had hacked their computer. The attackers hope that at least a few of the recipients will be intimidated into paying the attackers $1,900 ransom payment in Bitcoin. They claim that if the payment isn’t made within 24 hours of receiving their email that they will send the video to everyone in the victim’s contact list.
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