Got a Ransom Mail?
Your password has been hacked
Sextortion scam knows your password | Don’t fall for it.
Don’t worry. We all get this kind of spam, and some get one; other get hundreds.
They all start almost the in same way…
“My nickname in darknet is something I hacked this mailbox more than six months ago.”
Very polite and thank you for introducing yourself 😊
Then it goes
“So, your PASSWORD from firstname.lastname@example.org is “example-of-password.”
This is where the panic starts and your forehead start to sweat. Well, don’t sweat.
Neither your Email address and your Passwords are a particular secret anymore.
Why is that?
Well, if you have been following the news, you would know that the past 20 years or more, thousands and thousands of websites have been hacked.
Websites like Facebook, Yahoo, Google, eBay, Home Depot, Adobe, Adult friend, finder, etc.
In some cases, your email address and password are in public databases out there where you can look it up yourself or actually buy the database.
However, because your Email and a password are out there doesn’t mean that YOU or your computer are …. HACKED. It just means that your Email address and one of your passwords are out there.
It’s websites that somebody has had access to your computer.
They may be in possession of your email address and password from a particular site, and they can have fun with your info on that specific website if they want to, but that is also highly unlikely that they want to take time targeting you.
What do they want?
They want the money of cause and scare the shit out of you – That is why they mail you in the first place – However, DON’T gives them any money.
Don’t start buying Bitcoins or sending checks to weird places.
They would properly never even know the payment it’s from you.
What if I don’t pay?
The worst thing that will properly happen is that the Scammer won’t get paid, and you have saved some money – They might threaten you with:
“Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I’ll send everyone your contact access to your email and access logs; I have carefully saved it!”
No, they won’t as they don’t have it. Even if your password is from a “fun” website you like to engage in on a late night 😊
All they have is an email address and a password to a single account and most likely they don’t even know what website that is … they just got some info.
What should I do?
Trash it. Just trash the mail.
if you recognize the password and remember where you have used it, maybe it’s a good idea to change that password and stop using it for other logins.
A good idea is always to use password software where you can see which website you have used a particular password, but if you don’t, don’t worry.
But for the most part, just enjoy yourself and enjoy life. You will most likely receive lots of these emails on and off in the future, but please don’t sponsor criminals like these because if you do, they will only keep doing it and once you paid, they will never let you go.
and as most of these Ransom emails end up saying ….
“Good Luck”, we will say “Safe browsing and have fun”.
Check if your email has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com/
If you have any questions, you are more than welcome to contact us and have a chat.
Your SPAMfighter team