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‘I have clips of you watching adult videos’: Aussie sextortion scam

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Aussies are again being warned to avoid paying email ransoms after a series of sextortion scams have been discovered flooding inboxes across the country.

Aussies are again being warned to avoid paying email ransoms after a series of sextortion scams have been discovered flooding inboxes across the country.

The plain-text emails are sent using the subject "I have clips of you watching adult videos" and claim to be from a hacker who allegedly found a vulnerability in the recipient's router.

Hackers claim to have used the vulnerability to record the victim "satisfying" themselves, adding they have also been able to access their phone, email and social media contact lists. 

"Every device connected on the network were compromised," the email explains.

The hacker then threatens to release the video to each of the victim's contacts if $1300 is not sent to them in Bitcoin within 72 hours. A payment address listed in two parts.

Email security company MailGuard, which first discovered the scam, urged recipients to delete the email and avoid paying any ransoms.

"It is key to remember that this scam is fake, and cybercriminals do not have any incriminating or personal information to use against you," the company explained.

"Rather, they are trying to tap into your fears and paranoia and trick you into paying the ransom money.

"The inclusion of the 72-hour deadline evokes urgency and motivates recipients to act immediately."

MailGuard said despite the threat being fraudulent, it should act as a reminder for people to think about the data stored or shared online that could be used against them.

"To be safe, MailGuard suggests using unique passwords for every site you visit and setting up 2 factor authentication where available," it explained.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/technology/sextortion-scam-i-have-clips-of-you-watching-adult-videos/d2057266-fd5a-4734-8959-371e2ef87a01

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