A new and unsettling email scam has been circulating. The email claims that you were recorded doing something nefarious with your computer and that you need to pay a ransom, or the video will be shared with your email contacts. The email also states that they are aware of your password. They then put a known password text directly in the email. Often the password listed in the email is a password that you have utilized in the past. This can be frightening. If it is a password you are currently using on a site, please update and change it immediately.
You might be wondering – how did they get my old password? It is likely that at some point your password was harvested from a data breach. When and where the breach occurred is highly unknown. Most people are reporting that the passwords listed in the scam emails were very old, often 10+ years.
Here is what you need to know:
- If you are using the password listed in the email, change/update your password immediately
- Delete the Email
- Don’t send any money or bitcoin
- Don’t reply to the email
- There was no malware automatically installed on your machine by reading the email
- If you clicked on something or are concerned, please contact the Helpdesk to scan your computer!
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