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: somone [at] somecompany.com
Sent: 11 November 2018 14:16
To: McGill User
Subject: You password must be need changed
Dear user of mail.mcgill.ca!
I am a spyware software developer. Your account has been hacked by me in the summer of 2018.
I understand that it is hard to believe, but here is my evidence (I sent you this email from your account).
The hacking was carried out using a hardware vulnerability through which you went online (Cisco router, vulnerability CVE-2018-0296).
I went around the security system in the router, installed an exploit there. When you went online, my exploit downloaded my malicious code (rootkit) to your device.
This is driver software, I constantly updated it, so your antivirus is silent all time.
Since then I have been following you (I can connect to your device via the VNC protocol). That is, I can see absolutely everything that you do, view and download your files and any data to yourself. I also have access to the camera on your device, and I periodically take photos and videos with you.
At the moment, I have harvested a solid dirt... on you... I saved all your email and chats from your messangers. I also saved the entire history of the sites you visit.
I note that it is useless to change the passwords. My malware update passwords from your accounts every times.
I know what you like hard funs (adult sites). Oh, yes .. I'm know your secret life, which you are hiding from everyone. Oh my God, what are your like... I saw THIS ... Oh, you dirty naughty person ... :)
I took photos and videos of your most passionate funs with adult content, and synchronized them in real time with the image of your camera. Believe it turned out very high quality!
So, to the business! I'm sure you don't want to show these files and visiting history to all your contacts.
Transfer $890 to my Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet: 19qL8vdRtk5xJcGNVk3WruuSyitVfSAy7f Just copy and paste the wallet number when transferring. If you do not know how to do this - ask Google.
My system automatically recognizes the translation. As soon as the specified amount is received, all your data will be destroyed from my server, and the rootkit will be automatically removed from your system.
Do not worry, I really will delete everything, since I am 'working' with many people who have fallen into your position. You will only have to inform your provider about the vulnerabilities in the router so that other hackers will not use it.
Since opening this letter you have 48 hours. If funds not will be received, after the specified time has elapsed, the disk of your device will be formatted, and from my server will automatically send email and sms to all your contacts with compromising material.
I advise you to remain prudent and not engage in nonsense (all files on my server).
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