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Ransomware

I had one as did the mrs - both asking for $1900 bucks. Deleted the emails and heard nothing. They will no doubt get some suckers who shit themselves.
 
Hopefully no-one stores passwords in plain text anymore, although of course password hashes are not really that secure, but at least with salted hashes wire sniffing for something to login with is not really viable.

So it still comes down then to keeping things secure, that I am less confident about.
...er, yes. I looked up some of that and very quickly became lost in something like mathematics but without the operators. I'll allow LastPass to do the heavy lifting.
 

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Hopefully no-one stores passwords in plain text anymore, although of course password hashes are not really that secure, but at least with salted hashes wire sniffing for something to login with is not really viable.

So it still comes down then to keeping things secure, that I am less confident about.
You would like to think so wouldn't you.
But think of all the sites that say 'max 16 characters' or 'no special characters' probably means that the password is NOT being hashed as if they only stored the resultant hash (salted or not) they wouldn't care what characters you used or no max length in your password.
 
I got one of these scam emails about 2 weeks back, there was only one flaw in his cunning plan... I don't have a webcam.

Yup!

I ALWAYS put tape over mine.......I get shy in front of an audience.
 
...er, yes. I looked up some of that and very quickly became lost in something like mathematics but without the operators. I'll allow LastPass to do the heavy lifting.

The maths is a pain but the principles are fine, and impressive too. The ideas that people have can be amazing, both the good guys and the bad guys. As you say, someone else has done all the hard work so just use what they have done, it is only polite after they have gone to all that effort anyway :)
 
You would like to think so wouldn't you.
But think of all the sites that say 'max 16 characters' or 'no special characters' probably means that the password is NOT being hashed as if they only stored the resultant hash (salted or not) they wouldn't care what characters you used or no max length in your password.

It's a good point, use good practice to spot anything that is obviously not up to scratch is probably about all you can do.

Just like the "be careful what you put in an email, once you have pressed the send button there is no going back" lesson still being ignored resulting in bewildered ex-employees being escorted off the premises, the number of data breaches still happening due to wholly mismanaged security just disappoints.
 

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As above, have received similar threats. I must admit it got me going for a bit. "The bastards!' I thought. Then I realised, I don't have a web cam and I don't keep a contacts list (I'm an unsocial bastard).
So, "Meh," ignored, and have heard nothing since.
This will only work on the really gullible, of which I'm sure there are enough to make the scam worthwhile.
 
It's a good point, use good practice to spot anything that is obviously not up to scratch is probably about all you can do.

Just like the "be careful what you put in an email, once you have pressed the send button there is no going back" lesson still being ignored resulting in bewildered ex-employees being escorted off the premises, the number of data breaches still happening due to wholly mismanaged security just disappoints.
Interestingly, both of the emails I received disappeared from my in-tray shortly after I'd looked at them. That's a neat trick, how does it work?
 
Just fire an email back telling them you'll do them a few more videos if they like, and tell them you'll only charge them £500 per video.

Explain you are a howling ex squaddie and love getting your rod inside anything. Spent the best years of your life being a total deviant with dog headed chicks and unsuspecting new blokes.

Send them pics of any pets you keep, and put price tags on them all.

Get a few outfits ready too. gimp masks etc, all the good stuff.

Additionally explain you can get a few mates round to have a group tug off, but you'll need a bit of notice.

:lol: :thumleft:
 
Hmm. My email complimented me on my taste. (Blows upon fingernails and polishes on shirt).
Daughter was there; I pointed out the ongoing lack of Webcam, she just shrugged and said "I know you don't look at that sort of thing, dad."
I've lost count of how many times I've received variations on this theme, but my price was around the eight to nine hundred dollar mark. Unpaid, of course.
 
..."be careful what you put in an email, once you have pressed the send button there is no going back"
I still remember my delight and surprise when I emailed my distance learning college to request a single room; I had begun injecting myself (Diabetes) and wanted to do so in private.
Cue months of targeted adverts for all sorts of gear that British diabetics don't pay for anyway! Sky was reading my emails, the lice!
 
I still remember my delight and surprise when I emailed my distance learning college to request a single room; I had begun injecting myself (Diabetes) and wanted to do so in private.
Cue months of targeted adverts for all sorts of gear that British diabetics don't pay for anyway! Sky was reading my emails, the lice!
Install the ublock origin browser plugin. But make a donation to arrse first.
 
I've now received this email twice in the past four days:
View attachment 465996
I am aware,&&&&&&& is your pass word.

I need your 100% attention for the up coming 24 hours, or I may make sure you that you live out of embarrassment for the rest of your lifetime.

Hi, you don't know me. However I know nearly anything about you. Your personal fb contact list, smartphone contacts and all the digital activity on your computer from previous 185 days.

And this includes, your masturbation video clips, which brings me to the main reason why I 'm composing this specific mail to you.

Well the last time you went to the porno web sites, my malware was triggered in your computer which ended up recording a beautiful video footage of your masturbation play by activating your web camera.
(you got a tremendously weird preference by the way lmao)

I have got the whole recording. If you feel I am playing around, simply reply proof and I will be forwarding the particular recording randomly to 12 people you recognize.

It might be your friend, co workers, boss, parents (I don't know! My software will randomly select the contact details).

Will you be able to look into anyone's eyes again after it? I question it...

Nonetheless, doesn't necessarily have to be that path.

I would like to make you a 1 time, non negotiable offer.

Buy $ 2000 in bitcoin and send them on the below address:

bc1***q833sk0525vuek2mprw3vj7dzjlfs55648673aw
[case sensitive copy & paste it, and remove *** from it]

(If you don't understand how, lookup how to purchase bitcoin. Do not waste my valuable time)

If you send this 'donation' (let's call this that?). Immediately after that, I will go away and never ever get in touch with you again. I will erase everything I've got about you. You may very well keep on living your ordinary day to day life with absolutely no fear.

You have got 1 day in order to do so. Your time starts as soon you go through this e-mail. I have an special program code that will alert me once you see this e-mail therefore do not attempt to act smart.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

&&&&&&&& was indeed the first password I used when I first set up the account, about 25 years ago. The laptop camera has been taped off for years.
All the antivirus and antimalware programs I have on the computer report nothing untoward, but I suspect that the originator, like the 419 scammers, will fish out and skin people who believe the threat.

Any experts on this sort of thing here?

(On advice, removed traces of old password. The damned thing was reused many times back when this means was powered by Pentium. I blame the young.)
As the scammer was kind enough to provide his own email, a less scrupulous person might want to send him thousands of spam emails back.

Using something like this website for instance.
 
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Looks like the spammer is S.O.L. That Bitcoin address has been reported loads of times, but no-one has paid. He has other ones too, but no transactions.
 
Interestingly, both of the emails I received disappeared from my in-tray shortly after I'd looked at them. That's a neat trick, how does it work?

Without understanding the email client and configuration you have it is impossible to say, perhaps you have a rule or add in that has moved them to a sort of quarantine folder. Perhaps if you perform a search across the whole mailbox using a short term from the emails that you might recall then see what comes up, no pun intended.
 
Just fire an email back telling them you'll do them a few more videos if they like, and tell them you'll only charge them £500 per video.

Explain you are a howling ex squaddie and love getting your rod inside anything. Spent the best years of your life being a total deviant with dog headed chicks and unsuspecting new blokes.

Send them pics of any pets you keep, and put price tags on them all.

Get a few outfits ready too. gimp masks etc, all the good stuff.

Additionally explain you can get a few mates round to have a group tug off, but you'll need a bit of notice.

:lol: :thumleft:

Perhaps combine these two comments so that it reads the gimp masks are actually for the dogs. That should help.
 
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