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Well, that’s sinister

Remember this attempted extortion email I got in February? No reason why you should, but I thought it was pretty funny at the time. And I’ve gotten six or eight of them since, all in varying degrees of hilarious Google Translate English.

In fact, I’ve started to get them in other languages now, and I’ve had to use Google Translate to work out what they are. Which is pretty meta, come to think of it.

Anyway, the basic premise is that the sender has installed a virus on your computer, used your camera to film you getting it on with a porn site (with a split screen, so you can see the porn, too!) and will send the video to everyone in your contact list if you don’t give them $300 in bitcoin.

This one (see above) is a little different. The English is better (though you can see in the first paragraph that they don’t know how to drive the spam software — they’ve left in two variants of the opening statement), they’re asking for $1,000…and that thing under the black box is my real password.

Well, a real password. It’s the one I use for sites where it doesn’t matter. I’ve used it for years and years on things like technical help forums and the like. No doubt, it was a breach at one of them that caused this leak. Though I thought passwords were stored encrypted. So…leaky browser? I don’t know. Whatever.

Gives you a jolt, though. I can’t imagine how much of a jolt it would be if I’d ever, you know, actually visited a porn site.

September 27, 2018 — 8:48 pm
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