Saturday, October 13, 2018

Hackers lured from fans of porn thousands of dollars

Hackers lured from fans of porn thousands of dollars

Hackers lured from fans of porn thousands of dollars


Several UK residents were victims of blackmail hackers who threatened to distribute personal videos with their participation. According to BleepingComputer, the criminals received several thousand dollars.

The grouping of extortioners began to send e-mails with threats on October 10. They contained messages about the hacking of the user's computer. Hackers claimed that they have video from a webcam on which the user browses porn sites. The victim was offered to pay a ransom in bitcoins.

For two days four victims transferred to Blackmailers more than 2,3 thousand dollars (more than 170 thousand rubles). So far, nothing is known about the criminals, and their activities have not been stopped. Previously, an identical group received in a few weeks from victims from the Netherlands more than 40 thousand euros (about three million rubles).

Experts report that porn ransomware has improved its tools. If they had previously intimidated the victim by running computer viruses, now they are also pretending to have hacked into the email account. The user receives a threatening e-mail allegedly from his own e-mail address to which the message is sent. As a rule, the subject of the letter also contains the e-mail address and an indication of the payment terms.

Earlier it became known about the hacker who blackmailed 82-year-old PR ed Eisen (Ed Eisen), threatening to spread the video where the man watches porn. The criminal demanded seven thousand dollars of repayment (more than 450 thousand rubles). The extortion attempt was unsuccessful, as it turned out that Eisen does not watch erotic films.