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I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by Korto » 2018-09-09 09:35pm

In my email
I hope you don't really mind my english sentence structure, since im from Saudi arabia. I toxified your gadget with a virus and now have all of your personal info from your os.

It previously was set up on an adult web site then you have selected the movie and clicked on it, my application quickly gain access to your os.

After that, your front-camera started to record you flying solo, besides i caught a movie that you have seen.

Just after some time it also picked up every one of your device contact information. If you happen to wish me to erase your everything i possess - send me 500 us in btc it's a crypto. Its my btc account address - 1Ag5FRDHhcHNncuqpMwTzKepb4Z4QQ9Q5v

At this point you have 27 hours. to make a decision The minute i will get the deal i am going to eliminate this footage and every thing completely. Otherwise, you should remember that the footage is going to be submitted to all your buddies.
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At first I thought they were asking for 500 bitcoin. :shock: Talk about pricing yourself out of the market! But then I re-read it and saw it was US$500 in bitcoin, which made more sense. I suppose there would be people who could be embarrassed enough by video of them masturbating going to their email list to pay up. I mean, I would be embarrassed too, but not enough to actually give money to arseholes like this.
Their story that they infected my computer while I was visiting a porn site... Maybe I do visit porn sites, maybe I don't, but I'm an adult so it's plausible, and if you do then masturbating seems logical (else what's the point?).

There's only one problem with this whole thing.

I do not have, nor have I ever had, a computer camera hooked up to my computer. Nice try, now fuck off.


PS- I did briefly consider sending them a reply about exactly what they could do with themselves, but figured the only effect that would have would be to tell them someone monitors that email address.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by phred » 2018-09-10 12:17am

Ive never gotten a blackmail email that Im aware of... Maybe I just dont check my junk folder often enough. You should totally write them back and ask for an extension or something.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by LaCroix » 2018-09-10 04:59am

Got the same mail once, months ago - claiming they got access to my phone and laptop cameras.
I played with the thought of sending them a dick pic and tell them to suck it, but I also did not want to confirm the email validity.

Again it shows, blackmail only works if you let it happen.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by Broomstick » 2018-09-10 05:20am

Oh, I got one similar to that about two weeks ago. I laughed my ass off.

1) my computers either don't have cameras hooked up, or the lens is physically covered unless I am using it at the moment (electrical tape works nicely for that).

2) I don't think I've visited a "porn site" in decades, not since last century at least.

3) I don't give a fuck if people know I have sexual desires/masturbate/have sex. FFS I'm over fifty and was married for 30 years, OF COURSE I've had sex and it's not something I'm ashamed of.

4) My tastes are so damn vanilla most people would find what little smut I have to be boring.

5) I keep very, very little contact information on any of my machines.

6) Yeah, right - I pay this guy off (never!) and he "destroys" the info. Sure.... and I have ocean-front property to sell you in Wyoming.

Bogus bogus bogus. But hilarious if you're me.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by Lord Revan » 2018-09-10 08:52am

Sure it works if you a) have camera hooked to your device your browse porn with b)have an attitude towards sex similar to most people living in saudi arabia.

for me it doesn't really matter, hell I more or less openly bi, granted I'm very private about my sex life (or lack of it) so must people wouldn't know this, but if some pointed out I watch gay porn I'd "no duh" since while I don't announce my sexuality, I don't actively hide it either.

These kinds of threats really only work on people ashamed of their sexuality.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by Korto » 2018-09-10 09:16am

It would of course be very embarrassing for most people to have material like that sent to your parents, children, work-mates, etc. You may even be able to come up with situations where it could be damaging (religious boss, going for custody--OK, custody shouldn't matter, but if you had a prudish judge?)

For that matter, imagine a young woman as the victim. It would be very distressing, particularly if it got out on the public net, and even if it didn't, she could never be sure someone didn't keep a copy.

Not that any of this matters, since it was a bullshit claim anyway.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by The Romulan Republic » 2018-09-10 01:30pm

I have never been subject to blackmail, but I hope that if I was, I would have the guts not to give them anything. Because when you give into blackmail, then they own you. There is nothing to stop them making more demands, if they know you'll cave in. Same principle as "don't negotiate with terrorists"- concessions just encourage more demands.

Blackmailers are a special kind of scum, in my opinion.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by aerius » 2018-09-10 03:41pm

This is a well known scam. What's actually happening is the blackmailers have harvested a whole bunch of emails from online forums, websites, and other sources, then they spammed out the blackmail threats.

Thanks to "The Fappening" and other high profile nudie hacks, a lot of people will actually be fooled into paying the demands.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by LaCroix » 2018-09-11 07:20am

Complying with blackmail is a strange thing. Completely alogical.

To fall for it, you would have to trust a person who is threatening you to destroy their means to pressure you into compliance once you have met their demands...
And once you complied, they know that you actually can be bent to their will and most likely will use it again and again...
Unless they are honest people.
In which case they would not have tried to blackmail you.

So complying with it should never be an option.
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Re: I got a blackmail threat today!

Post by Korto » 2018-09-11 10:12am

Maybe. I have heard though that the computer-hostage guys are pretty reliable, and will release your computer if you pay.
Which make good business sense. If word gets around that they won't, then no one will pay, and it'll kill the industry.

Mind you, my important stuff I would really cry to lose, is backed up in two separate locations. As long as I keep the back-ups up to date.
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