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I’ve been hacked… and a warning

I’ve been hacked... and a warning

 

The Sun

-Edvard Munch

 

Dear Friends:

It had to finally happen, I suppose. One day an unknown would come knocking on my Internet door, with their hand out, demanding money with malicious intent, and promising dire consequences unless I complied.

 

I woke up to find the following email in my Inbox:

Well, today that happened.

XXXXXXX is your password:) I’m Lesya.

XXX videos website you watched was infected with my virus which taped a video of your nasty stimulating doings with the help of your cam and even recorded the clip you were streaming! In the video footage you are appearing stunning.

Your email and FB contacts were then sent to me by my malware.

I will email your video to your friends unless you send me $4000 via B I T C O I N S in the next 36 hours to the below address:
B I T C O I N Address: 1NvFWYiUG493VFS8gZ3ipXBEZ43HJ1Wazt
Please Copy & Paste the address because it is case sensitive.

Once money is received by me, I will destroy your recording and every other details I have about you.

If I do not get the money, I will email your video to every contact of yours. You can easily imagine about the embarrassment you will definitely get. and consequently if you are in a relationship, precisely how it will affect?

Want proof? Reply with “Yes”, and I will send your video to six of your email contacts instantly.

Kind wishes – Lesya

At first, I sat there in horror. Then I read it again. What was I going to do about this?

 I moved it to the trash.

 Then I read it again.

And again.

 And thought about it.

And got angry.

Well, To hell with you!

So, here is the thing. The password is accurate. However, I haven’t used simple passwords like this for at least 5 years. These days I use 20-character passwords and two-factor authentication, supported by LastPass. I couldn’t remember the last time I ever used that password. Still, they had harvested it from somewhere.

 Then I looked at the allegations.

And decided to come right out and share everything with my online community. I.E You. It may be that one of you gets an email like this

 Yes, I have watched porn. I was 18 at the time and drunk. That was a while ago. I never visit X-rated sites, because I am not interested and anyway, I am well-aware of the traps involved in using them.

 So, armed with a copy of the email, I went down to the local police station to have a chat. This is, after all, blackmail.

You haven’t paid them yet? He asked.

Nope, and I don’t intend to do so.

And then he mentioned Yahoo. Oh. I did use Yahoo once upon a time, when we were with Spark/Telecom, and they insisted we use Yahoo as our email supplier. Yahoo has been hacked multiple times. Does anybody use Yahoo these days, anyway?

So, I outlined my plan. Since I don’t know who you are or where you are, Lesya, I am never going to be able to pop round so we can chat about this.

I can only front this thing openly. Because I bet that is the last thing you are expecting me to do. That is the last thing you want me to do. And that is precisely what I will do.

So, I filed a report with the police, who advised me it is slanderous, libellous, constitutes cybercrime, extortion and blackmail. I am pressing charges and they are investigating.

To hell with you, Lesya!

 I am picking up the wero and looking you right in your shifty eyes.

I know my friends will stand by me and anyone who wants to smell smoke will do so and disappear. Haters gotta hate. Good. Sayonara. Adieu. Have a nice life.

Being in a paranoid state, I ran a full scan using the powerful AV software on my computer through my system. Nope nothing there. I ran the scan a second and third way. Nope. No rootkits, bots or malware there (that the software could find).

 Then I remembered.

 I woke up on Saturday wondering why FaceBook had logged me out. An hour or 2 later I realised I was among the 50 million who had been compromised. FB promises that nobody has been compromised.

 Yeah Right.

And suddenly this appears…

Hmmmm…

 And then the delicious irony of the smiley emoji and the left-handed compliments and finishing with “Kind Wishes…”

KIND WISHES????

So, here is the thing. We are not only intertwined energetically, we are intertwined electronically. We try to protect ourselves and those we love, but the security systems we have are only ever playing catch up.

 Nobody is safe online. Nobody.

 The only place we can ever be safe is in our hearts.

 And, Lesya, you aren’t going there.

Ever.

 

5 Responses

  1. Elaine Dyer says:

    I got exactly the same email with a similar message and an old password that I never used anyway.
    I got hacked when I opened a facebook page of a cute kid sitting next to its dog, and the line to the effect that “when you have to go you have to go” and watch the response of the dog, its priceless! Not being very thoughtful, I clicked the link and immediately got a message that my account had been hacked and my details sent to an unknown email address. I immediately turned off the computer, unhooked the cable connection, put a freeze on my internet banking and took my computer to my techy. Apparently it was a hoax. they say a ‘click here to sort out problem’ type message and that’s when they access your details.
    but yesterday I got that same email as you and deleted it. I have nothing to hide. But yes, no assumptions that you are safe online, for sure! Glad you went to the police Tony. If its helpful I could possibly retrieve my email from the trash.

  2. Tony Bridge says:

    Thanks, Elaine.
    No.
    It is time to let it go and move on…
    Thank you anyway.

  3. Max Ross says:

    The fantail flies on – without a backward glance…

  4. I have a Spamfighter programme that makes short work of this nonsense.
    Well done!

  5. sandra flamank says:

    Brilliant! Well done, hope they catch her/him and throw the book!

    Thanks Tony

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