A large email extortion campaign is underway telling recipients that their computer was hacked and that a video was taken through the hacked computer’s webcam. The attackers then demand $1,900 in bitcoins or the video will be sent to family and friends. While many would disregard these emails, some have been so concerned that a video would leak that they sent payments to the scammers. In the first week that these extortion emails began to be sent out, concerned recipients sent over $50,000 in bitcoin to the attackers. Therefore, attackers are emailing people stating that their computers were hacked, a video was taken using their webcam, and that they know their passwords. The listed passwords may be one of the recipient’s older passwords leaked through data breaches shared online. Below is the email.
Some of the bitcoin addresses receiving payments for extortion campaigns are given below: