Bitcoin Hackers Take Tactics to a New Level, Threatening Sextortion for Crypto Payments
Hackers in the cryptocurrency world are willing to go to great lengths to get their funds, especially when hidden attacks are not their preference. There have been many ransomware attacks, but recent actions against a small Kansas town are taking a much more personal approach.
According to reports from The Next Web’s Hard Fork, these scammers are threatening to release videos of their victim’s solo sexual activity.
Norton, Kansas seems to be the single target for scammers, as victims are told to pay a ransom in Bitcoin or videos will be released of these victims masturbating. So far, the only reports of this kind of attack are coming from Norton, but it has yet to be confirmed that this is intentional or if there are other reports.
However, the attack was enough to get the Norton Kansas Police Department to issue a public notice to their Facebook page, which told locals to beware of the issue.
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The residents in Norton have been saying that there is an email going around, wherein the hacker says that they have control over the recipient’s computer. The hacker then says that they have used the access to take control of the victim’s personal data, and that they have recorded videos of the affected individuals watching pornography and pleasuring themselves.
Furthermore, the hacker says that they have also taken screenshots from the computer that would show what the victim was watching at the time. For anyone that is paranoid or even has a guilty conscience, these threats may be enough to pay up. View the full email below:
The hacker agrees that an $800 Bitcoin payment would be enough to stop the recordings and images from being released. However, there are plenty of people that have remained steadfast, and have not given in to the scam. So far, based on when the Hard Fork article, there have not been any deposits into this account.
Keeping with the recommendations of the Norton police, it is best to ignore these types of emails. However, if these emails are received outside of the city, it may show how far this scam is attempting to go. Furthermore, avoid making any deposits, as there is no proof so far that the hackers have any real information.