So if anyone could help a not-so-techhie... I got an extortion e-mail requiring 500 USD worth of bitcoins saying that they have hacked my e-mail account and that they have used my webcam and have used a trojan to monitor my browsing for quite a while. I've read about these things but still feel kinda iffy about this. So far the only thing they gave me as "proof" was that they sent the e-mail from my own address, but looking at the headers it's originally from z3.hck7.pro instead of anything even remotely related to my organisation. So should I be worried that they actually have any sensitive data on me? SAFE hasn't ofund anything in a full system scan.
Now the thing that worries me is that I had to change my e-mail and thus couldn't use SAFE for a few days last summer before activating my new subscription.
Googling the bitcoin wallet number shows dozens of reports lately on bitcoinabuse.com of similar e-mails sent.
Any help would be appreciated!
I think you'll find it's a scam. There's lots going around, not necessarily the same as yours, but this may help:
The message in the latter link is nearly identical to the one I got, mine was just written in better English. But still, I’ve learned a lot about e-mail headers etc. today, also no tracking cookie was present in the message source although it said so on the text...
Seems like my institution’s spam filters are working since I practically never receive these in my inbox!
This is a common hoax at the moment and you must have clicked on a malicious link or downloaded a malicious file from a spam email you once received. So, your email might have sent random mails to your contacts as well.
Simply perform some clean-up by;
- clearing your browsing history,
- delete cookies and caches, maybe reset your browsers too,
- change your email password
- and most importantly, avoid clicking on links and downloading files from even sources that you know without diligent confirmation from the sender(s).
Once done, ensure you run a virus scan. Stay safe!