[Hidden-tech] Need advice on some threatening emails

Elijah Gwynn eli at egwynn.com
Tue Apr 23 19:21:50 UTC 2019

I've gotten a lot of these. They're fake. The sender is lying about the 
security compromise in hopes that you'll pay them out of fear. You can 
disregard them.

But note, you should still follow security best-practices! Use a 
password manager to help you use different passwords on each site, 
enable 2FA/MFA/U2F where possible, and check around on sites like 
https://haveibeenpwned.com to see whether your credentials have been 
part of any large-scale leaks.


On 23 Apr 2019, at 11:32, Izzy G via Hidden-discuss wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> I've gotten some threatening emails and am not sure how best to 
> respond. I have changed the pw.  one example (of 3 or 4 similar 
> messages) are below. First one came in a few day sago and today there 
> are 4 of them. Please advise.
> Many Thanks,Izzy   
> izzygesell at yahoo.com
> Sample 1: Hello,As you may have noticed, I sent this email from your 
> email account (if you didn't see, check the from Sender email ID.)
> In other words, I have full access to your email account.
> I infected you with a malware (RAT) / (Remote Administration Tool), a 
> few months back when you visited an adult site, and since then, I have 
> been observing your actions.
> The malware gave me full access and control over your system, meaning, 
> I can see everything on your screen, turn on your camera or microphone 
> and you won't even notice about it.
> I have also access to all your contacts.
> I made a video showing both you (through your webcam) and the video 
> you were watching (on the screen) while statisfying yourself.
> I can send this video to all your contacts (email, social network)!
> You can prevent me from doing this.
> To stop me, transfer exactly 900$ with the current (BTC) BITCOIN 
> price, to my bitcoin address.
> I think it's a very good price compared to the damage, hell and 
> suffering, it will bring into your life!
> If you do not know how to get bitcoin, Google - "How to buy Bitcoin".
> Your wallet you can create here: www.login.blockchain.com/en/#/signup/ 
> - to receive and send the bitcoin.
> My bitcoin adress is: 17jHsGecV53ro2LGzo53s5trTH6Qf3gksS
> After receiving the payment, I will delete the video, and we will 
> forget everything!
> I give you 8 days to get the bitcoins.
> Since I already have access to your system, I know when you read this 
> email.
> Don't share this email with anyone, this is our little secret!
> MsgID: 0639343481

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