Watch out for emails that claim they have stolen your password and hacked into your your computer to "watch" you and record your data. They typically threaten to send videos of you watching porn to your contacts unless you "pay up" by transferring bitcoin into an account. You can view an example below.
If you receive such an email, please...
Report it to the IT Service Desk immediately.
And take the following actions:
- Change your McGill Password as soon as possible. See the McGill Password Reset Checklist for instructions.
- Change any other passwords that may have been compromised.
- NEVER use your McGill Password with other accounts (banking, social media, etc.)
FROM : first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Sent: Thursday, November19, 2020 11:20
To :first.last [at] mail.mcgill.ca
Subject: YOU BETTER READ THIS!
Hey, today I got some bad news for you.
Check the sender of this email, it's your email, that means I sent it from your email account.
How?! Some time ago your computer was infected with my private malware, RAT (Remote Administration Tool).
My RAT gave me full access to all your files, accounts, contacts and it also was possible to spy on your desktop and on you over your webcam.
You can google about the functions of Remote Administration Tool.
I COLLECTED ALL YOUR FILES, ACCOUNTS, CONTACTS.
I RECORDED SOME NICE MOMENTS OF YOU FROM YOUR WEBCAM! ;D
I can publish all your files, accounts, contacts, everywhere, including the darknet.
I can send the video of you to all your contacts, post it on social networks and everywhere else.
To stop me, pay 950$ in Bitcoin (BTC).
It's easy to buy Bitcoin (BTC), for example here: http://exbase.io , https://paxful.om/buy-bitcoin , or google another exchanger.
My Bitcoin (BTC) wallet is: 1D9BSWQcbn9Pwqqvd2iWatWGRJH7B48Ygz
Yes that's how the wallet looks like, copy and paste it, it's (CaSe-sEnSEtiVE).
I give you 2 days time to pay.
Showing this mail to someone else wont help you, my RAT is no longer on you computer and this email was sent from some random generated account.
After receiving the Bitcoin (BTC), I will delete everything and you never hear from me again.
Next time update your browser before browsing the web!
Read more on various bitcoin extortion scams at: https://bitcoin.org/en/scams