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Old 27-07-18, 09:36
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I hope someone here can offer some guidance.
This morning I received an email which was addressed to my personal email account (there are several email accounts attached to my family domain). it also contained a word I often use as a password, so the subject line read (this is an example): me@mydoman.com : password

The upshot of the message was that they supposedly tracked me using a porn site (I've been away for two weeks! and don't usually bother with such sites - believe that or not!). They had further recorded my screen and hacked my webcam (I don't own a webcam), and so I need to send $1000 in bitcoins to them or they will email my entire addressbook etc etc.

I know they can't have any webcam video of me, so not too concerned by their threat, but I am concerned to know how did they find that password? written after my email address in the first line of the email and also in the subject?

As I mentioned, it is a password I do use for a few fairly minor sites/services and it's not a word you would generally guess. What is my best course of action now?

I have changed all instances of the password, and ran my Norton Internet Security
I should also add I always use a VPN (NORD)
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Old 27-07-18, 10:24
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Default Re: What has happened here?

It is possibly that a data breach on a website that you have used with that email has harvested your email and password.
So as well as waitng for Kevin to respond check that email address here:
https://haveibeenpwned.com
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Old 27-07-18, 12:26
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This is a fairly well known scam. A friend of mine had the same email a couple of days ago, she is nearly 80 and it frightened the living daylights out of her.
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Old 27-07-18, 12:58
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Thanks for all the contributions so far. I have been doing some investigation and it seems to be an email that has gone out to a great many people in the last few days and stems from some kind of database hack.

I checked all my passwords and found only two that still use the password contained in the header, they were on sites I have no connection with anymore.

I did go on the haveibeenpwned.com site. And found strange things there. It tells me by email address was hacked from a list of 5 sites but only adobe and Dropbox are sites I recognise! So no idea what the other three are about.

I assume I can go about my business now and just wait to see the video footage captured from the webcam I do not own!?!?!?
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Old 27-07-18, 15:53
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It is nevertheless true that you can be snooped upon by the webcam built into many computers nowadays. Youngsters can be persuaded into doing things they later regret, so when it is not in legitimate use it may be a good idea to disable it or stick an elastoplast over it!
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Old 27-07-18, 18:00
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If you do have a webcam. or a camera, installed and you have no need for it the best thing to do is to uninstall it. That is what I did to the camera I had on my PC.
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Old 27-07-18, 20:40
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I used my main PC just for business use and. Email, with the occasional eBay purchase and Webuser forum browse!

Like the OP, I have no use for a webcam and if I did decide to Skype someone, it would be plugged in for just the amount of time needed - with a secure VPN in place.

I have heard of these types of threatening emails, I think the best way to handle them is to, in the words of Cpl. Jones: donít panic! Read the threat and note what they claim to know about you. In the email the OP received, it was one of his email addresses and, what turns out to be (from his second post), one password which he says he used twice but no longer visits those sites -so an old password.

As itís an old password, it suggests that the criminal has obtained old out of date data, not something recent which the tone of the message suggests. So in all probability from a hacked website. The email seems not to state which password,it relates to which suggests the criminal doesnít know either. He states that heís hacked into the webcam the OP doesnít have, so that too canít be correct and also states he will email all your contacts, which has had no mention of being hacked.

To me the correct course of action has been taken, run your security software (after ensuring you have the latest definitions), look up all your passwords and check which ones use that password, and change it.
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Old 27-07-18, 23:09
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I've seen a couple of reports recently about this sort of thing:

Sextortion scam knows your password, but donít fall for it Ė Naked Security

Sextortion Scam Uses Recipientís Hacked Passwords ó Krebs on Security
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Old 27-07-18, 23:45
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A similar report from Bleeping Computer:

Beware of Extortion Scams Stating They Have Video of You on Adult Sites
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Reports are coming in about a new extortion scam where scammers email you stating that they know the recipient's password, have installed malware on the computer, created videos of the recipient using adult web sites through their webcam, and have stolen the recipient's contacts.
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