Scammers and Hackers have been ruining everyone’s lives by releasing hacks now and then and threatening people in exchange for money or some other things, and some do it to mess with people. These scammers and hackers send emails with threats or links that lead to causing a lot of trouble to us and our computer systems.
Recently there has been a new email scam that people of Australia are getting in their emails. In this email, the scammer has mentioned how he was able to have access to the user’s computer, and it’s data along with gaining access to the webcam. It further goes on saying that he has recorded the users “satisfying themselves” and to avoid further consequences, the user should pay around $800 in Bitcoin to the scammer.
NSW Police has warned the people that if they receive such emails, they should delete them and not reply to those. The email has left people shocked and scared, but the police have confirmed that most of the time there’s no evidence and the hacker or scammers are just trying to mess with you. These emails are sent to thousands of people.
Police also suggested people change their passwords on a regular interval to avoid anything wrong happening to them. The Australian Cyber Security Centre(ACSC) has confirmed the presence of these emails that are the ‘sextortion’ scams that are targeting the Australian community.
They further explained the term ‘sextortion’ that it’s a form of blackmail where the person tries to threaten other people. He/she will reveal their intimate pictures to their family and friends unless they pay some ransom.
People who are into sextortion prey on the fears and insecurities of the people they are trying to attack by using stolen passwords or other tricks to convince the victims that their reputation is at risk. It’s essential to make sure that you click the right link because hackers are getting very creative with their skills, and one wrong click can give them all the data they need to harass a person.
ACSC has asked the people to avoid replying to such emails, and they should straightaway delete them.