‘Your Account Was Hacked’ by an international hacker group email scam
Be aware of the latest phishing scam making its way to various email accounts. If you received an email that says “Your Account Was Hacked!” and starts with “I’m a member of an international hacker group” it’s okay to ignore it. It is basically a phishing scam conducted by self-proclaimed hackers attempting to blackmail you through a series of email messages.
The message tries to frighten targets by claiming to have access to their messages, social media accounts, and messengers. It also claims to have recorded video through their webcams and recorded their doings on porn sites.
The email message claims to know the password to your email address and demands that you fork over $700 or risk having your messages and videos sent to all the contacts found on your devices. It is likely that they do know your password and if so it is recommended to immediately change your password. If you use the same password for various accounts, change them all. According to reports, your password may have been obtained during a leak (LinkedIn, Adobe, etc.).
I’m a member of an international hacker group.
As you could probably have guessed, your account [email address redacted] was hacked, because I sent message you from it.
Now I have access to you accounts!
For example, your password for [email address redacted] is [password redacted]
Within a period from July 7, 2018 to September 23, 2018, you were infected by the virus we’ve created, through an adult website you’ve visited.
So far, we have access to your messages, social media accounts, and messengers.
Moreover, we’ve gotten full damps of these data.
We are aware of your little and big secrets…yeah, you do have them. We saw and recorded your doings on porn websites. Your tastes are so weird, you know..
But the key thing is that sometimes we recorded you with your webcam, syncing the recordings with what you watched!
I think you are not interested show this video to your friends, relatives, and your intimate one…
Transfer $700 to our Bitcoin wallet: 18QGMXBte2fVodcq9xCwvPWiBEd98LwHwS
If you don’t know about Bitcoin please input in Google “buy BTC”. It’s really easy.
I guarantee that after that, we’ll erase all your “data” 😀
A timer will start once you read this message. You have 48 hours to pay the above-mentioned amount.
Your data will be erased once the money are transferred.
If they are not, all your messages and videos recorded will be automatically sent to all your contacts found on your devices at the moment of infection.
You should always think about your security. We hope this case will teach you to keep secrets.
Take care of yourself.
As you can see, the email can appear legitimate to many people. But, the same message has been sent around the internet to many people (word-for word) and there have been many campaigns like it in the past. Even if you have never visited an adult website, you will still receive the same message.
Do not pay the $700 and do not reply to the scammers. The only thing you need to do is change the password to your email address and other accounts you have for safe measure.
The email message does not mean that your computer is infected with malware; However, if you would like to remove malware and other potentially malicious files from your computer we recommended to use Malwarebytes. Here are some instructions:
1. Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware software to scan your computer and remove malicious files and potentially unwanted programs.
2. To install the program, click the file you just downloaded. It can usually be located in the Download folder.
3. A window that says “Welcome to the Malwarebytes Setup Wizard” will appear. Click Agree and Install to begin the installation. Once complete, click Finish.
4. Now the Malwarebytes is installed, open the program and click the Scan Now button – or go to the Scan tab and click the Start Scan button.
3. When the scan is complete click the Quarantine Selected button.
4. If Malwarebytes says “All selected items have been removed successfully. A log file has been saved to the logs folder. Your computer needs to be restarted to complete the removal process. Would you like to restart now?” click the Yes button to restart your computer.