Warning – sextortion scam

gn-tech sextortion

If you have ever received and email similar to this, sent to me, then don’t panic and certainly don’t pay any ransom.
Even if the password looks valid this is a scam.

“Hi there I’m a hacker who cracked your email address and device a several months ago.
You entered your passcode on one of the web sites you visited, and I intercepted it.
This is the security password from xxxxxx@xxxxx.com upon time of hack: yyyyyyyyyy
Obviously you can can change it, or perhaps already changed it.
Then again this won’t matter much, my personal malware modified it every time.
Do not necessarily try to make contact with me or even find me.
By means of your own email, I uploaded harmful program code to your Operation System.”

It then goes on to claim it has pictures of me taken via my webcam as well as a list of adult sites I am meant to have visited.

He also wants a ransom of $898 or he will post the details onto my social media accounts.

Now, I know I havent been on such sites and I dont even have a webcam.
So, how has he got my email (and possibly a valid password)?

The simple answer is that, over the years, many websites have been compromised. Email addresses and passwords have been stolen and these details have filtered down to low level cyber criminals. As people rarely change their passwords, or worse use the same ones over and over, the scammers are often giving a current password.

What can you do?

A simple way to check is to visit a website haveibeenpwned which will tell you if your details have been compromised in one of these hacks.
If your email address shows as one that has been compromised simply change your password and make sure its not being used on any other sites.
We would always recommend using different passwords for different sites and would suggest using a password manager.



Genuine Software?

People sometimes question the pricing of software especially comparing some sellers using Facebook accounts. How can “xyz”install Windows for £25 when its £90 to buy. The simple answer is that they are using pirated or “cracked” copies of Windows. If you see someone offering Windows 7 Ultimate on a computer it’s 100% guaranteed to be a fake. Windows 7 Ultimate was never sold on a computer and cost around £140 as an extra. But, if you’re going to pirate one you may as well go the whole hog. The strange thing is that a lot of the computers we see have a genuine licence attached. It’s just the cowboys can’t get the original disks any more. Why does it matter? We had an issue with a client where windows was “broken” because a security update disabled the crack. This interrupted her use of the computer until we could rectify it. Cracked copies are insecure, how do you know the crack itself isn’t sending your personal details to a hacker? Cracked copies often do not update properly leaving your system open to viruses. Last but not least unlicensed versions of any Microsoft software can leave businesses open to fines if detected. Don’t take a chance, insist on genuine.


Another reason to use Genuine Windows. https://uk.pcmag.com/news/117647/russian-hackers-use-malware-that-can-survive-os-reinstalls

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I have been asked several times about second hand and refurbished lines we have in stock . I have a list done for anyone interested. All our PC’s and laptops have been professionally refurbished. Drives wiped and fully checked, clean copy of Windows 10.1809 installed. Computers over £100 come with a 3 month warranty.

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