If you’ve received an email with the subject “High level of danger. Account was under attack”. Don’t panic. And do not pay the ransom. Instead, read the steps below and you’ll be fine.
This email technique is particularly scary, and believable, as it is often sent to you from what appears to be your own email address.
Note: I received this email on 18/12/2018. And I did not pay the ransom. Instead, I what I’ve outlined in the steps below and then wrote this article to help/educate others.
High level of danger. Account was under attack
The first thing you need to do is understand this is a scam. So don’t panic. And, more importantly, do not pay the ransom.
Instead, follow the steps below. And then forget about it. This email will have been sent to hundreds/thousands/millions of internet users – regardless of whether they’ve been on an adult site or not – with the sole intent to make money from scared and ill-informed users.
What you NEED to do:
- Keep calm
- Do NOT Pay the ransom
- Change the password to your email account immediately
- If you use this password for any other accounts, change those passwords too!
- Mark the email as spam
- Update and run a full antivirus scan of all your devices (Windows, Mac, Android and iOS)
Note: If you’re still worried about future attacks. A simple and effective way to protect yourself from a legitimate attack like this is to simply cover your computer’s front-facing camera with a bit of tape. See also: Do Macs get Viruses?
Remember, this is just a scam designed to anonymously make money via Bitcoin deposits. If you don’t have Antivirus software on your Windows, Mac, iOS or Android devices. We suggest using Bitdefender. For
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Remember: This is a scam. So do not pay the ransom. Change your passwords and run a full scan of your Antivirus software.
Copy of the (Spam) email I received on 18/12/18:
As you may have noticed, I sent you an email from your account.
This means that I have full access to your account.
I’ve been watching you for a few months now.
The fact is that you were infected with malware through an adult site that you visited.
If you are not familiar with this, I will explain.
Trojan Virus gives me full access and control over a computer or other device.
This means that I can see everything on your screen, turn on the camera and microphone, but you do not know about it.
I also have access to all your contacts and all your correspondence.
Why your antivirus did not detect malware?
Answer: My malware uses the driver, I update its signatures every 4 hours so that your antivirus is silent.
I made a video showing how you satisfy yourself in the left half of the screen, and in the right half you see the video that you watched.
With one click of the mouse, I can send this video to all your emails and contacts on social networks. I can also post access to all your e-mail correspondence and messengers that you use.
If you want to prevent this, transfer the amount of $741 to my bitcoin address (if you do not know how to do this, write to Google: Buy Bitcoin).
My bitcoin address (BTC Wallet) is: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
After receiving the payment, I will delete the video and you will never hear me again.
I give you 48 hours to pay.
I have a notice reading this letter, and the timer will work when you see this letter.
Filing a complaint somewhere does not make sense because this email cannot be tracked like my bitcoin address.
I do not make any mistakes.
If I find that you have shared this message with someone else, the video will be immediately distributed.