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#1 Plmplm

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Posted 23 August 2017 - 10:57 PM

I received an email den abiding ransom that stated my camera had verb used videotaping me while looking at web sites I frankly should not have been viewing. Email states that the video will be sent to all my contacts if I do not pay. Had anyone heard of this and is this a bluff?? Need advice! Worried

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 04:21 AM

Sounds more like a fake ransomware scam. Actual ransomware usually will have obvious indications (signs of infection). You may want to read Beware of Phony Emails & Tech Support Scams.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 05:42 AM

I suspected it was fake as well. Is it technically possible though for a virus to video me with my camera, record the simultaneous web content and then send the video to all my contacts? That is the threat. Would paying the ransom be the safest course?

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:36 AM

I suppose if a hacker installed a backdoor, took remote control of your system, they could use your webcam to record but it is an unlikely scenario. Further, doing something like like would be closer to blackmail than ransom.

Most security experts will advise against paying the ransom demands of the malware writers because doing so only helps to finance their criminal enterprise and keep them in business. The more people that pay, the more cyber-criminals are encouraged to keep engaging in scams for financial gain.

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 01:56 PM

Are you aware of ANY instances where ransom ware (extortion ware) actually sent videos taken with a victims camera to their contacts?

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 03:28 PM

None that I am aware of.
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 03:52 PM

Thank you

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Posted 24 August 2017 - 08:28 PM

Not a problem.
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Posted 30 August 2017 - 04:38 AM

Thanks for sharing useful information.



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 05:46 AM

You're welcome.
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