Did you receive an e-mail that starts with something like “I am a representative of the ChaosCC hacker group“? Since you are reading this article, then probably Yes. This message is a new bitcoin email scam that uses your email account name to convince you that so called ‘ChaosCC hacker group’ was able to hack your email box, get full access to your computer and use you webcam to record video while you watch adult websites (porn). In order to keep the video from being sent to your contacts, the hacker group demands a ransom payment in bitcoins.
Our team continue to receive reports of fraudulent messages. Recent version demands $550 ransom payment. Below is an example of one of the extortion messages being sent out. The wording varies to some extent, but the email message looks something like this:
Hello! I am a representative of the ChaosCC hacker group. In the period from 23/06/2019 to 11/08/2019we got access to your account *** by hacking one of the domain.com mail servers. Your pass for above account on moment of hack was: *** You already changed the password? Sumptuously! But my program fixes this every time. And every time I know your new password! Using access to your account, it turned out to be easy to infect the OS of your device. At the moment, all your contacts are known to us. We also have access to your messengers and to your correspondence. All this information is already stored with us. We are also aware of your intimate adventures on the Internet. We know that you adore adult sites and we know about your sexual addictions. You have a very interesting and special taste (you understand what I mean). While browsing these sites, your device's camera automatically turns on. Video-record you and what you watch is being save. After that, the video clip is automatically saved on our server. At the moment, several analogy video records have been collected. From the moment you read this letter, after 60 hours, all your contacts on this email box and in your instant messengers will receive these clips and files with your correspondence. If you do not want this, transfer 550$ to our Bitcoin cryptocurrency wallet: 12iPSuHtkZ9ap9Yh8pidCsDRWtkt7sAg1u I guarantee that we will then destroy all your secrets! As soon as the money is in our account - your data will be immediately destroyed! If no money arrives, files with video and correspondence will be sent to all your contacts. You decide... Pay or live in hell out of shame... We believe that this whole story will teach you how to use gadgets properly! Everyone loves adult sites, you're just out of luck. For the future - just cover a sticker your device's camera when you visit adult sites! Take care of yourself!
Is this threat real?
Good news: thankfully, it’s fake. This email message is nothing more than a new Bitcoin Email Scam. Scammers got email address from data breach dumps and are using it to shake you down.
It has your stolen password and uses that information to make itself appear real. The extortionist actually found it in data breach dumps. If the password emailed to you is one that you still use, then stop using it and change it right now!
Should you pay?
The best advice is: Don’t pay the ransom! If you receive the blackmail scam, just ignore the scammers’ empty threats. The best way to deal with the scam email is simply to move it to trash!
|Type||Sextortion, Phishing, Bitcoin Email Scam, Fraud, Scam|
|Name||I am a representative of the ChaosCC hacker group EMAIL SCAM|
|Sender||ChaosCC hacker group|
|Distribution method||spam email campaigns|
|Removal||To remove I am a representative of the ChaosCC hacker group virus our computer security experts recommend use the removal guide|
What to do when you receive the “ChaosCC hacker group” email scam
We advice to someone who gets this fraudulence message:
- Do not panic.
- Scammers will try to rush you, pressure you to make a decision to pay him. We recommend you do not pay a ransom, because your payment will only increase attacks against you.
- If there’s a link in the scam email, do not click it, otherwise you could unwittingly install malware or ransomware on your computer.
- Report the email spam to the FTC at https://www.ftc.gov/
- Scan your computer for malware.
- Install an anti-phishing software.
- If you receive an email that is similar but not the same as the example above, make sure you remove any personal info in this message, then post it as comment on this article. It will help our team monitor the latest scams.
How to scan your PC for malware
If you are not expert at computer technology, then all your attempts to detect and remove malware manually might result in failure. To find and remove all of malware related files and registry entries that keep malicious software on your computer, use antimalware software from our list below.
Zemana highly recommended, because it can locate security threats such adware software and malware which most ‘classic’ antivirus software fail to pick up on. Moreover, if you have any malicious software removal problems which cannot be fixed by this utility automatically, then Zemana provides 24X7 online assistance from the highly experienced support staff.
- Zemana Free can be downloaded from the following link. Save it to your Desktop.
Author: Zemana Ltd
Category: Security tools
Update: July 16, 2019
- Once you have downloaded the installation file, make sure to double click on the Zemana.AntiMalware.Setup. This would start the Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) installation on your personal computer.
- Select installation language and press ‘OK’ button.
- On the next screen ‘Setup Wizard’ simply click the ‘Next’ button and follow the prompts.
- Finally, once the setup is complete, Zemana will start automatically. Else, if does not then double-click on the Zemana Anti-Malware icon on your desktop.
- Now that you have successfully install Zemana Anti-Malware, let’s see How to use Zemana Anti Malware (ZAM) to delete Www.ru redirect from your computer.
- After you have opened the Zemana Free, you will see a window like below, just click ‘Scan’ button to perform a system scan with this tool for malicious software.
- Now pay attention to the screen while Zemana Free scans your system.
- Once Zemana Free has completed scanning, Zemana AntiMalware (ZAM) will show you the results. You may delete items (move to Quarantine) by simply click ‘Next’ button.
- Zemana may require a restart machine in order to complete the malware removal process.
- If you want to fully remove malicious software from your computer, then click ‘Quarantine’ icon, select all malicious software, adware, PUPs and other threats and click Delete.
- Restart your computer to complete the malware removal process.
How to protect yourself from phishing web-sites
It is also critical to protect your browsers from phishing and harmful websites by using an ad-blocker application such as AdGuard. Security experts says that it’ll greatly reduce the risk of malicious software, and potentially save lots of money. Additionally, the AdGuard can also protect your privacy by blocking almost all trackers.
Click the link below to download AdGuard. Save it directly to your Windows Desktop.
Author: © Adguard
Category: Security tools
Update: November 15, 2018
After downloading it, double-click the downloaded file to launch it. The “Setup Wizard” window will show up on the computer screen as displayed below.
Follow the prompts. AdGuard will then be installed and an icon will be placed on your desktop. A window will show up asking you to confirm that you want to see a quick guide as on the image below.
Click “Skip” button to close the window and use the default settings, or click “Get Started” to see an quick guidance which will assist you get to know AdGuard better.
Each time, when you start your personal computer, AdGuard will start automatically and stop unwanted ads, block phishing web pages, as well as malicious or misleading websites. For an overview of all the features of the program, or to change its settings you can simply double-click on the AdGuard icon, that is located on your desktop.
If you have been the target of the “ChaosCC hacker group” Email Scam or similar Bitcoin Email Scam, then please drop me a line. And stay safe!