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Sextortion Bitcoin scam makes unwelcome return | Advanced Mobile Spy Software
Heads up: a particularly nasty sextortion Bitcoin scam from at least the middle of 2018 is making the rounds once again. The scam involves making use of old breach dumps, then emailing someone from the list and reminding them of their old password. When something lands in your mailbox with "Hey, remember this?" it's a surefire way to focus the reader's attention. Pressure is then applied to start sending over some Bitcoin…or else. What is the threat being made? The generally accepted theory is that the scammer digs up personally identifiable information from old data breaches, including email addresses and passwords, plugs it into some sort of automated script, and then fires out thousands of emails. Those mails reach people from said breach, and they then see talk of somebody "knowing" their login details. That's then used as leverage to claim the attacker has access to their PC, files, folders, webcams, browsing history—in a nutshell, anything personal and sensitive. The scarier they