“I have intercepted your passwords(..) You have visited a porn site 500 euros is the price”. Its been as early as January more than 8,000 people have reported to the police of receiving such threatening email or something similar to this.
Central Office of fight against the crime related to information and communication technologies (OCLTIC) has received around 80% of such emails sent in the last month. OCLTIC boss François-Xavier Masson is a worried man as his services have processed nearly 30000 reports since 2018 related to such scams.
He said “We have been working on this scam since the summer of 2018. But this is a real active, massive campaign that affects everyone.”
The hacker in his threat email offers an address where he asks the target to pay in bitcoin “within 48 hours”. Failing which he says he will send the recordings “to all contacts”.
The officials of OCLTIC have advised citizens not to respond to the email and send it to the trash without thinking twice.
François-Xavier Masson added saying – “We never pay, we do not respond to the mail, we make a report on Pharos (note: the platform of the Ministry of the Interior dedicated to the tracking of illegal content circulating on internal t) with email addresses and address bitcoin “
Another tip to stay safe from hackers is, often keep changing your passwords.
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