I was an early user of desktop computers, and I think I bought my first Apple IIe in 1988. Throughout a series of ISPs and an apparently unending set of Apples I have had a relatively untroubled run with these devices. Indeed, I wonder how I ever managed to write and publish without them. It was certainly a much slower process in the days of typewriters.
Well, what follows is instructive. Read on. The English is not great. I have redacted my password and my email address, and done some editing for neatness.
I’m a programmer who cracked your email account and device about half year ago. You entered a password on one of the insecure site you visited, and I catched it. Your password from *********************** on moment of crack: ***********
Of course you can will change your password, or already made it.
But it doesn’t matter, my rat software update it every time.
Please don’t try to contact me or find me, it is impossible, since I sent you an email from your email account.
Through your e-mail, I uploaded malicious code to your Operation System. I saved all of your contacts with friends, colleagues, relatives and a complete history of visits to the Internet resources. Also I installed a rat software on your device and long tome spying for you.
You are not my only victim, I usually lock devices and ask for a ransom. But I was struck by the sites of intimate content that you very often visit. I am in shock of your reach fantasies! Wow! I’ve never seen anything like this! I did not even know that SUCH content could be so exciting!
So, when you had fun on intime sites (you know what I mean!)
I made screenshot with using my program from your camera of yours device. After that, I jointed them to the content of the currently viewed site.
Will be funny when I send these photos to your contacts! And if your relatives see it? BUT I’m sure you don’t want it. I definitely would not want to … I will not do this if you pay me a little amount.
I think $813 is a nice price for it!
I accept only Bitcoins.
My BTC wallet: 1PL9ewB1y3iC7EyuePDoPxJjwC4CgAvWTo
If you have difficulty with this – Ask Google “how to make a payment on a bitcoin wallet”. It’s easy. After receiving the above amount, all your data will be immediately removed automatically. My virus will also will be destroy itself from your operating system.
My Trojan have auto alert, after this email is looked, I will be know it!
You have 2 days (48 hours) for make a payment. If this does not happen – all your contacts will get crazy shots with your dirty life!
And so that you do not obstruct me, your device will be locked (also after 48 hours). Do not take this frivolously! This is the last warning!
Various security services or antiviruses won’t help you for sure (I have already collected all your data).
Here are the recommendations of a professional: Antiviruses do not help against modern malicious code. Just do not enter your passwords on unsafe sites!
I hope you will be prudent.
Well, that was a shock. I copied the message and sent it to three people who might have some sense of what to do. None of these messages reached the intended recipient, which showed that the hacker (as he foreshadowed) had set up a ‘rule’ (for example, ‘if my message is forwarded to someone, send that message to Trash’). The hacker’s message is full of menace, and he/she wants money. No way.
In time (this happened a week ago) I was able to talk with my knowledgeables. One doubted that the hacker could do all he/she claimed, and gave what seemed like good reasons, but deferred to my technical guy, who was dismissive. ‘It’s a scam,’ he said. ‘But change your password!’ So I tried to do that, which meant that I had no website for two days! The new password didn’t work. Then I discovered that the ISP provider had left the old password in place. Oh dear. So far no one has received any malicious material about me, or at least, no one has informed me that they have done so. One of my knowledgeables says that most people’s systems will see such malicious material as spam anyway, and Trash it.
I really don’t care that people may think that I have watched porn. Indeed, I have done, though it’s been a while — now at 81, with a partly-mended fractured spine, sex is not at the top of my personal agenda. And the best way to deal with threats like these is to take them head on, which I am doing here. I’m not sure that we have a ‘porn crisis’ — and I notice that someone is claiming that we have a ‘crisis crisis’! My very recent search of articles about porn suggests that it is the most visited genre on the Internet, that the proportion of women who visit these sites is growing rapidly, and that men are the principal users. None of this should be at all surprising. Sex is the dynamo of a lot of our commercial life, and it inhabits movies, books and the Internet. We are programmed to respond in all sorts of sexual ways to sexual cues, and even to seek them out.
So there you are. Out of the blue, a warning that there are idiots, and nasty idiots, out there. Suddenly, you don’t feel quite as safe as you did. What can be done about it? I am learning, and I trust that in a few days things will be back to normal. Again, one of my technical guys says that it is unlikely that anything will happen, because the hacker may well be monitoring a thousand or so people like me. And there may be a game element in it all: I put up defensive walls, and hacker has a go at them. But if I don’t pay him anything, it’s a fruitless effort on his part.
Where did he get my email password? I don’t know. I can’t remember ever giving it to anyone. Yet plainly I must have done. So there’s a warning. Don’t do that. The technical advice is that it was most likely an innocuous purchase of some kind, and the hacker found it and stored it, waiting for an opportunity to use it. I certainly won’t do it again.