If you received reports that your EMAIL WAS HACKED AND PEOPLE GAINED ACCESS TO YOUR COMPUTER, read this: There is a new way scammers are trying to make some cash… With recent data leaks on Uber, Twitter, Air Canada, etc… hackers have gotten their hands on people’s email addresses and other personal information, in some cases including passwords. Many people still seem to use the same password for all websites!
We’ve gotten reports from people that received an email from an apparent hacker that hacked into their computer, gaining access to their camera and filming them secretly while they were surfing porn websites. Of course the video will be deleted after you pay a sum of money (in bitcoins) to the hackers… Rest assured… you computer most likely isn’t hacked. Your email address was probably in one of the hacked websites, which is where they also got your password. So it is a sign your personal information has been compromised by a site you signed up for. Especially them including your password in the email makes this latest scam seem it’s real… it’s not… Unfortunately people fall for this nonsense and transfer bitcoins to these ‘hackers’.
What can you do to prevent this from happening? Well, first of all, make a new password for every website. That way, if you get a message like this, you’ll know which website they took your password from. It’s always good to have a good, hard to guess and unique password for every site you are member to.
Although the emails that have recently been sent out are most likely fake and try to scare you into paying money, we can not emphasise enough that it’s important to have good security installed on your computer! If you’re looking for a free security program you can check out Avast antivirus for Windows, for Mac users Sophos is a free alternative. Happy (and safe) Hunning!