A CYBER security firm has warned of email ‘sextortion’ scams scaring victims into paying out large sums of cash.
ESET said that people watching online pornographic videos in particular are bring targeted.
Cyber criminals are making threats, claiming they have hacked the victim’s device and recorded the person watching pornographic content.
The email also asserts that the video has not only captured the user’s behaviour in front of the webcam but also which videos were played.
The cyber thug then demands a sum of around 0.43-0.45 Bitcoin — roughly €2,000 — and gives 48 hours to cough up or else the compromising material will be leaked to all the contacts on the hacked device.
Security experts have said that previous scams were mostly in English, but that the latest wave has included various other languages.
Urban Schrott, a cybercrime Analyst at ESET Ireland, said the scam is made convincing by the “social engineering involved”, but that the attackers do not hold any such material.
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He explained: “ESET is sharing news of this scam as a warning to the public.
“The scam is an attempt at extortion, and the attackers do not really have any such video of the victim.”
Urban suggested that anyone who may find themselves in such a sticky situation should not reply to the scam or click any links — and certainly don’t send money to the attackers.