Crypto Scammers Target Porno Viewers


Porn viewers have faced a new scam blackmailing them to extort $1,900.

The scammers say that they have compromising footage of viewers taken from the would-be victim’s webcam while pornographic videos were playing. The victims get emails from scammers starting wth showing password  details of viewers, presumably obtained from a company data breach. These emails “prove” that victims’ computers have been hacked. However, it’s not clear whether the footage exists.

The scam email ‘informs’ victims that an remote control desktop program has been installed on the their computer. Thus, the scammer enables to remotely access and record video footage along with accessing the victim’s entire contact database, threatening that the video will be sent to the contact list.

Although the email is vague and does identify any specific porn sites the viewer has visited. The email also offers to show “proof” by sending the footage to nine contacts.

The scam email goes on offering the viewer to pay $1,900 for secrecy, forwarding a BTC address. Fiat money can be easily transferred into a private currency like Zcash or Monero and then laundered which makes it a more viable method of online extortion than accepting a wire transfer or PayPal payment. However, other fiat currency methods like transferring fiat into gift card payments from e-commerce marketplaces are also widely used by scammers.

Professor Emin Gün Sirer of Cornell University in his Tweeter account gave one example of the scam email sent to his friend, referring to the practice as “cryptoblackmail” and urging targeted people not to pay the scammers or attempt to negotiate with them. The professor states his belief that the message was sent to everyone on the haveibeenpwned list, an online service purporting to allow users to verify if their email has been breached by hackers:

“Here’s a new form of cryptoblackmail. A friend received this out of the blue. Presumably, it’s getting sent to everyone on the haveibeenpwnd list.

Be careful out there, never pay, never negotiate. pic.twitter.com/VFl5s1duCe

— Emin Gün Sirer (@el33th4xor) July 11, 2018.”

This is simply the most recent iteration of a scam with cryptocurrency involved as the only method of payment.

The cryptocurrency sphere is expanding and developing, which makes it more attractive for not only for investors but for criminals discovering the benefits of the new technology as well.

Professor Sirer suggests that the best thing to do in the case of being targeted by scammers is to simply ignore the message, which was likely sent to hundreds or thousands of people in the hopes that a handful would respond.

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Crypto Scammers Target Porno Viewers