I'm surprised I haven't gotten one, I used the same password on
everything at one time. Probably my web presence is so small they're
unable to connect my current activities to those from 20 years ago, plus
I don't have a facebook account, pretty much everything bad that happens
on the internet these days can be somehow traced back to facebook, one
way or another.
Someone did somehow guess my email password for this account a couple of
years ago, but Google notified me of an attempt to log in from a
different device and location, and I changed the password. I had been
using something very easy to deduce and I'm surprised it took them as
many years as it did.
On the other hand since I use only fop the PDML, I wasn't that worried
either. Any blackmailer would probably be bored and annoyed with the
On 7/11/2018 8:39 PM, Larry Colen wrote:
Back about 30 years ago, I pretty much used the same password on all
of the different systems I logged in on. After a few years,
particularly after I started logging on to websites rather than unix
boxes, I started implementing various password security plans.
One of the things I'd have was a low security password that I'd use
for websites that I didn't really care if they got pwned. Particularly
if I didn't trust the people who ran the website to not do something
stupid like store passwords in the clear, or something malevolent like
recording email and password and trying to log onto my banking site.
Over the past couple of days I've gotten two slightly different copies
of basically the same email that includes my low security password.
I'm not upset, I'm only surprised that it took so long for someone to
try this scam on me. At this point, I don't even know which obsolete
website it might have come from, because I don't use the low security
password anymore, I've got a different algorithm for creating
passwords rather than just low, medium and high security passwords.
So, just as it is important to have a good backup strategy, one
without a single point of failure, it's also good to have some sort of
For my own entertainment, I replied to the first of the emails, the
one I got yesterday. The reasons that what the scammer is claiming
won't work are hinted at in some of my replies.
Karola Corey wrote on 7/10/18 1:29 PM:
> I am aware, pwd123, is your pass word. You may not know me and you are
> probably wondering why you are getting this e-mail, right?
It is a password.
> Well, I actually setup a malware on the adult vids (pornography) site
Interesting, which one.
> and you know what, you visited this website to have fun (you know
what I mean). While you were watching videos, your browser began
operating as a RDP (Remote Desktop) that has a keylogger which gave me
access to your
Which machine. What hardware? What operating system and version? What
> display screen and cam. Just after that, my software collected your
entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and email.
In that case you should be able to send me several sample contacts.
> What did I do?
> I made a double-screen video. 1st part shows the video you were
viewing (you've got a good taste lmao), and second part displays the
recording of your webcam.
Ooh, kinky! I'd like to see it. I might share it on some of the sites
I hang out on.
> What should you do?
> Well, in my opinion, $1900 is a reasonable price for our little
secret. You will make the payment via Bitcoin (if you don't know this,
search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).
> BTC Address: 1JHwenDp9A98XdjfYkHKyiE3R99Q72K9X4
> (It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it)
> You have one day in order to make the payment. (I've a unique pixel
in this email message, and right now I know that you have read through
Interesting, how does that unique pixel work on an smtp text based
> mail). If I don't receive the BitCoins, I will definitely send your
video recording to all of your contacts including members of your
family, colleagues, and so forth. Having said that, if I do get paid,
I'll destroy the video immidiately. If you want to have evidence,
reply with "Yes!" and I definitely will send your video to your 5
friends. This is the non-negotiable offer, so don't waste my personal
time and yours by replying to this e mail.
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