‘Your account has been hacked’ scam tries to blackmail you for Bitcoin

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Cyber Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

13 Responses

  1. The good news it s a scam. But it can be terrifying for some. One woman, who was in tears, called it very frightening, according to a report in Canada s CBC .

  2. AA says:

    Thank you so much for this article @Sean, I was really freaking out when I got this email (even though they didn’t even have my password, unlike what others received) – I can relax a bit now but will definitely change all my passwords and UP my virus and malware protection!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been getting these about 1 per week for about 6 weeks now. I knew from the beginning that they were fake because they had the wrong password…until yesterday. Then I got one with my current password from Adobe. That is the only place I use that username/password combo. I contacted Adobe and they denied they have had any recent breach. They basically blew me off. I don’t believe them.

    • Anonymous says:

      I just checked that “haveibeenpwnd.com” website, as suggested by the article and Adobe *HAS HAD* a data breach, but in 2013 (so I guess for them it was not “recent”…)

      Below is what the haveibeenpwnd website said about Adobe breach, and I recommend you check if you’ve been pwnd too:

      Adobe: In October 2013, 153 million Adobe accounts were breached with each containing an internal ID, username, email, encrypted password and a password hint in plain text. The password cryptography was poorly done and many were quickly resolved back to plain text. The unencrypted hints also disclosed much about the passwords adding further to the risk that hundreds of millions of Adobe customers already faced.

      Compromised data: Email addresses, Password hints, Passwords, Usernames

    • Anonymous says:

      I too got one of those emails and the password was one from Adobe

  4. L D says:

    I’ve been getting loads of these over the last few weeks. The only bit that actually concerns me is that they are quoting my actual REAL password. Not the password for that emaill address though, it’s a password I use on various websites. So I have to guess that someone breached a website I use and sold my data on the dark web.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for you info, i wasnt so worried cause im always on full protect, but just in case you know, glad that other got the same fake message, screw the hackers!

  7. B says:

    Is this just a phishing scam, or is there a virus, malware, trojan, etc. along with it?

  8. human says:

    please someone take some action and take down those scammers who sending such email

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