Last week I received the following email with my name and a very, very, very old password that I haven't used in probably at least a decade in the subject line even though I'm not longer using it, I'm editing it out of this because You don't know me and you're probably wondering why you're getting this mail, right? In fact, I actually installed a malware on the adult videos adult porn site and there's more, you visited this site to experience fun you know what I mean.
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There's a new scam going around that would terrify most people if it ever landed in their inbox. The emails are slightly different depending on who's being attacked, but they all have a few similar features:. Business Insider.
Google introduced a new Chrome extension which will automatically and securely check whether user passwords have been exposed in a data breach. Called Password Checkupthe Chrome extension is Google's attempt to address the problem of password reuse on the Web. When the user attempts to log in to a website or application via the Chrome browser, the extension checks the password against an internal Google database containing billions of already-compromised login credentials. If the password has been compromised, the user will be alerted and prompted to create a new password.
Have I Been Pwned? HIBPwith "Pwned" pronounced like "poned"  is a website that allows internet users to check if their personal data has been compromised by data breaches. The service collects and analyzes hundreds of database dumps and pastes containing information about billions of leaked accounts, and allows users to search for their own information by entering their username or email address.
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It said they had hacked into my computer and used my webcam to record a video of me while I was supposedly watching porn. They also told me that and unless I paid a ransom in Bitcoin, the recording they made will be released to all my contacts. The subject line of the email referenced a real but very old password I used for an online account.
DIY Entertainment. Shocked, you open it to find a startling claim: someone has installed malware on your computer, and they have video of you in a compromising situation. Most people would be a bit nervous at the sight of such an email. But as it turns out, this is a complete farce.
Photo credit: Shutterstock. Online scammers have been innovating of late. And yet the claims that the hackers have stolen passwords and obtained access to webcams appear to be lies.
Email spoofing is creating email messages with a fake sender address so that it looks like the email messages come from someone or somewhere other than the real source. Email spoofing is often used for phishing purposes but it's also used for blackmailing, avoiding spam blacklists, tarnishing someone's reputation, and committing identity theft. Note: I've corrected a few spelling and grammar mistakes but for the most part, the emails, are how my acquaintance received them. You may not know me and you are probably wondering why you are getting this email, right?