On April 11, the ESET antivirus company discovered a series of spam attacks. The attackers send spam mail to the visitors of adult websites to publish compromising videos.
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Compromising for cryptocurrency
Employees of the antivirus center reported a series of spam emails to visitors to adult sites in Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic, France and the United States of America. Hackers send threatening emails to make public videos of users' personal webcams while watching adult videos.
In addition, they extort cryptocurrency for video deletion. As it became known, some victims have already sent Bitcoins for the "silence" of intruders. The redemption rate is 0.45 Bitcoin (send at least 48 hours). ESET employees claim that in fact, this is no more a pitiful fraudulent trick with elements of social engineering.
The only argument of fraudsters is the personal data of the user, which they managed to get: a password and login from an email or from a Google account.
"Spam attacks on consumers of porn-content by manipulation and social engineering deprive the victim of critical thinking (...) victims are sure that their webcams have actually been hacked" – from the ESET report.
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Editor: Yuliya Soroka