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    I have always been a trusting person, but today I had a email in my spam email program telling me that because I had clicked on a link, that they now had may email address, plus my password, they posted the password for several of my web sites that I used that password, ( Cabelas the Orgonian, and Pandora. They wanted 800 bitcoins transferred to listed web site. They said because I had visited a particular site they had my information and was able to see me on my web-cam. Well I changed my passwords on those sites and I never opened their web site. I have the option to open or view, I never open the site,
    So NEVER click on a web site link, I don't care if the person is your long lost mother-in-law, these days the spammers and hacks are very clever. If you want to get people to look at your photos or what ever, don't post a link.
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    I would rather have tools that I never use, than not have a tool I need.

  • #2
    Originally posted by lugnut View Post
    I have always been a trusting person, but today I had a email in my spam email program telling me that because I had clicked on a link, that they now had may email address, plus my password, they posted the password for several of my web sites that I used that password, ( Cabelas the Orgonian, and Pandora. They wanted 800 bitcoins transferred to listed web site. They said because I had visited a particular site they had my information and was able to see me on my web-cam. Well I changed my passwords on those sites and I never opened their web site. I have the option to open or view, I never open the site,
    So NEVER click on a web site link, I don't care if the person is your long lost mother-in-law, these days the spammers and hacks are very clever. If you want to get people to look at your photos or what ever, don't post a link.
    Only 800 BTC?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lugnut View Post
      they posted the password for several of my web sites that I used that password, ( Cabelas the Orgonian, and Pandora. ...
      visited a particular site they had my information and was able to see me on my web-cam. Well I changed my passwords on those sites and I never opened their web site.
      Changing your passwords is unlikely to remove their ability to capture passwords and access your webcam. A piece of tape will help with the latter. There is a good chance you have some malware on your system. I hope it isn't connected to a CNC machine! :-P

      Many are not aware, but most websites use javascript and hidden links to fetch content from countless third party sites. Some web pages on legit sites fetch data from over a hundred other sites. You don't need to click on anything.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by lugnut View Post
        So NEVER click on a web site link, I don't care if the person is your long lost mother-in-law, these days the spammers and hacks are very clever. If you want to get people to look at your photos or what ever, don't post a link.
        This is a good tutorial on how to determine which links are trustable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

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        • #5
          Sigh.

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          • #6
            Good news; This is not as bad as it seems.

            The scam that they are using is based on scare tactics. What they (the criminals) have done is attacked a few sites that had passwords and emails stored in clear text. Then they send that email an address that makes it sound like they have hacked your machine.

            Here's the one I got in August. Every bit of it is false, but they did get a username and a password from a router website of some sort. You do not need to reply. You do not need to pay. It is a good idea to change your password on any site that uses the password that they list. You will likely get more than one of these.

            The first one I got:
            It appears that, (Password_deleted), 's your password. May very well not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this e mail, right?

            actually, I put in place a malware over the adult videos (porno) web site and guess what happens, you visited this site to have fun (you really know what I mean). When you were watching videos, your internet browser began working like a RDP (Remote Desktop) which gave me accessibility to your screen and web camera. from then on, my software program obtained all of your current contacts out of your Messenger, Microsoft outlook, Facebook, as well as emails.

            What did I really do?

            I created a double-screen video recording. Very first part shows the video you were watching (you have a good taste haha . . .), and 2nd part shows the recording of your web camera.

            what exactly should you do?

            Well, I think, $1400 is a reasonable price for our little hidden secret. You'll make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search "how to purchase bitcoin" in Google).
            At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
              This is a good tutorial on how to determine which links are trustable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
              You mean I have to click on a link to learn how to determine if links are safe? Oh boy...

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              • #8
                Again... Sigh.

                Practice safe computing and don’t click on random links in emails. Even if they come from people you know.

                If it looks legit, call the person and verify they sent it.

                Think of links as STDs. You don’t want it. Ask their history first.

                Signed,
                IT Helpdesk Professional

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                • #9
                  I got an email yesterday that told me I visited porn sites and they have video taken with my computer of the viewing of the porn sites. I needed to send money to them and they would destroy the video.
                  I then told my wife that I know it wasn't me so I know it had to be her visiting the sites and she needs to take care of the problem. That didn't go over too well so I deleted the email and forgot about it.
                  Hopefully she learned her lesson and wont go there again.

                  Seriously, if you google it you will find that it has been around for quite awhile and I guess some people actually pay the "ransom". They told me that the password I use at the sites is my zip code.
                  I guess that was the best they could come up with. I do wonder where they got my email address because I try to not give it to anyplace that I think has the slightest chance of sharing it. I do keep a Gmail address
                  for use with Craigslist and such.

                  Dwight

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                  • #10
                    They scammers don't get the email and password from sites that "share" it. They get them from sites that are badly configured and are therefor way too easy to hack. A lot of forums are like that.

                    Dan
                    At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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                    • #11
                      How do you guys browse web if you dont click on links 😬

                      Instead of safe sex with old partner its better to use ptotection...ie keep your browser and virus protection up to date.
                      And don’t accept the intravenous drugs offered by the street hooker (executable files and installers)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by danlb View Post
                        They scammers don't get the email and password from sites that "share" it. They get them from sites that are badly configured and are therefor way too easy to hack. A lot of forums are like that.

                        Dan
                        Thanks, maybe I should use the Gmail address more often.

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                        • #13
                          I didn't read everyone's reply, I don't have no time for that LOL

                          I assume you were on a cell phone just because of the nature of it.

                          I always tell folks to not put their life on their cell phones. They don't listen.

                          A cell is easier to compromise.

                          If it was a hard line ISP connect then that is an entire different ball of twine. JR
                          My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                          https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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                          • #14
                            Odds are they have little or even nothing. Nothing worth money.

                            By specifying 800 bitcoin, that shows it is years old. even now, that is over a million bucks, so people are not gonna pay.

                            So they are liars. Plus, they are doing extortion, they are criminals, untrustworthy by definition. Who would pay an untrustworthy person to do anything important?

                            Change passwords, its not a bad idea, but otherwise ignore them.

                            And, no, it probably is nothing to do with "links", unless you clicked on one of those "Fedex", or "linkedin" phishing messages. If you did that, nobody can save you..... except you.
                            1601

                            Keep eye on ball.
                            Hashim Khan

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                            • #15
                              Well over a million dollars, not that it makes any difference. A quick Google check and it shows 800 Bitcoin = US$ 5,257,071.73.

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