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I am being blackmailed: sextortion

Did you receive a message from someone saying they have pictures of a sexual nature of you? If so, you are probably the victim of sextortion. 

What is sextortion? 

Sextortion is a form of blackmail whereby blackmailers threaten to spread images of a sexual nature of the victim if he/she does not pay. The blackmailer claims they found an old password online giving them access to camera images of a sexual nature of the victim. The blackmailer asks you to pay a sum of money. It is extremely unlikely the blackmailer actually has these pictures. 

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E-mail sextortion
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You received a message like this? Don't panic. 

  • If you don't have a webcam on your computer or it is covered up, the blackmailer is bluffing! He/she cannot possibly have any pictures of you. 
  • If you did not open any attachments or click a link in the e-mail, the risk of harm is minimal. 
  • Mark the message as SPAM, or unwanted. 
  • Forward the e-mail to [email protected] for analysis by different tools which ensure any hazardous links or attachments are detected and blocked.  
  • Do not respond to the request to pay a sum of money and if necessary file a complaint with the police. 
  • Delete the e-mail. 

You received a message and responded to it. What now? 

  • If you clicked links or downloaded attachments, run an antivirus scan on all devices connected to your network.  
  • We advise you to change all the passwords of all accounts to strong passwords that are unique for every account. Read all the tips about the use of passwords.  
  • File a complaint with the police.  
  • Mark the message as SPAM, or unwanted. 
  • Forward the e-mail to [email protected] for analysis by different tools which ensure any hazardous links or attachments are detected and blocked. 

Always and everywhere be one step ahead of cyber criminals.  

Source: cert.be 

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