Bitcoin ransom: Blackmailers claim to record victims watching pornography

13 Jul, 2018
by Will Heasman
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Bitcoin ransom: Blackmailers claim to record victims watching pornography

There are plenty of in this nascent space, from giveaways to (some) ICO’s there's always something or someone lurking in the depths ready to steal your hard hodl’d crypto.

The latest scam seems to be a little more sinister than usual, in what unsettlingly resembles a scene from Black Mirror a Cornell University computer science professor Emin Gun Sirer, revealed an email sent to his ‘friend’ from an unknown source claiming to know passwords and which adult sites they had frequented…  

This eerily harks back to an episode within the award-winning series Black Mirror in which a man is forced to run a gauntlet of criminal tasks in order for the footage of him to be deleted.

Although somewhat convincing thanks to the knowledge of the password within the email it’s clear that it is an empty threat, users are advised to ignore and not respond.

Unfortunately, many of us will have had our passwords compromised. A good way to check is through haveibeenpwned.com which scours the internet for breached sites that include your email address.

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