Phishing emails are the rage these days. Cybercriminals are having a field day attacking unsuspecting victims via email. The bottomline of their act is to get easy money from their victims. Following is a sample spear phishing email (copied word-for-word) that is meant to extort money (bitcoin as their preferred currency) from the targeted recipient. The message came from a certain Daniel Smith (a very common name, the hacker may even use the title "prince of Nigeria", your favorite superhero like "Bruce" or "Wade", or even "Mr. Nice Guy", depending on his mood). The attacker purportedly knows all illicit online activity of the victim and has captured it on video. After setting a deadline, he will threaten the victim that all his alleged immoral activities will be revealed to the contacts in his address book, social media friends, and even to the pretty or handsome crush at school or at work. He will also tell that the router firewall is compromised with all his technical mumbo-jumbo.
I will be right on point. You watch pronographic videos often and I caught you masutrbating. Let`s be real, we all do it from time to time. How I did this? Your router was not secured I was able to inject some code into the firmware and every device connected on the network including phones were compromised. Then I simply set every device available to record with the camera only when you watch pronographic videos. In this moment your router firmware was upgraded by the manufacture so there will be no problems in the future. Also you must to reboot every device in order for my code to be dumped from the memory on each device because is still active.
Anyway, I got also your contacts lists, phone numbers, emails, social media contacts and here is the deal. If you don`t pay me 500 dollars worth in BitColn, the video with you doing... you know what, will be send to all your contacts.
Amount: 0.07 BTC (approximately)
My Address Part 1: 1PDt3CmsME6SC8JQ3AD
My Address Part 2: Bpb7EeDA9PECTPt
Important! My address was split in 2 parts, you must to put the parts together with no spaces between them manually using Copy and Paste. The final result after the parts are glued(Part 1+Part 2) is my final address where you send the coins. You may also save that somewhere to not lose the details.
Quick tip! You can buy BitColn from Paxful. Use Google to find it. Also search for what is No Fap and read about the benefits of no PMO. Watching dirty stuffs is a waste of time, energy and minerals from the body. I hope you will think about this very seriously. In case you wonder why your anti viruses were not triggered is because my code is not set to steal passwords, PIN codes and other stuffs. The only function is to record with the cameras(in slient mode) and grab the contacts, and any system protection see this activity as normal. I know that you have that amount of money that is requested. So don`t worry about your passwords, bank accounts and so on, however for your mind peace, go ahead change them. You have 72 hours (3 days) to send the payment. When coins are sent, the video with you doing... you know what be destroyed and you will never hear from me. Next time cover your cameras, somebody may watch! Limit yourself to one time per month if you can`t go completly NoFap.
This message was scheduled to be sent multiple times.
The targeted recipient should not believe and take a grain of salt as to what the hacker is saying as shown above. And the most important of all is to not pay and give in to their demands. Hackers will keep coming back for more as they are driven by greed, self-righteousness, and god complex. Hackers will try to play with your weakness and exploit it for his profit.
Just to be on the safe side, cover your webcam with a strip of opaque tape so that even if a remote access-enabled malware has entered your computer, hackers won't be able to use your own webcam against you, and scan your computer and mobile device with a trusted licensed anti-virus and update the operating system regularly.