Hackers are using a new method of sexual blackmail . This is a new scam where hackers demand money from their victims by threatening to publish nude videos and photos taken by home cameras .

According to a security expert, this is a new version of the old-known sex rape scam, where criminals tried to convince victims that they had videos or information that they would publish if the victims did not provide ransom . The expert said that 1,600 scam emails were sent within just two days (from January 2 to January 3).

The scam starts with sending an email saying “we have some nude¬†photos of¬†you”.¬†It also contains a link pointing to a page, showing¬†a location recorded by a Nest or other camera¬†.¬†Usually the location depicted is an area known to the victim (eg a cafeteria that the victim had visited the previous week).¬†This is to¬†give the impression that the victim is being monitored wherever he is, even outside the home¬†.

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An email wrote: ‚ÄúThink about what you did in 11 months and imagine what we saw.¬†Your videos have now been uploaded to many¬†porn¬†sites¬†and you only have one week until they are publicly available. “

The¬†criminals¬†have managed to gain¬†access¬†to domestic cameras (eg Google’s Nest cameras, Ring Amazon’s cameras).¬†Previously they used¬†cameras to monitor / control babies¬†.

As with most scams of this type, hackers usually use social engineering to panic and make the victim act immediately, without much thought.

After the initial sexual blackmail email, the scammers ask the victim to follow a procedure and sign up at another email address to get (supposedly) more evidence and information.

Along the way, they ask the victim to create a bitcoin wallet and pay around $ 500 in cryptocurrency to prevent nude photos and videos from being published. We still do not know how many people have fallen victim to this new scam.

According to¬†security¬†expert¬†,¬†photos and videos do not actually exist¬†.¬†It’s a scam.¬†Criminals have created a complex enough process that¬†emails¬†and the origin of the criminals’ bitcoin wallet¬†cannot be traced¬†.

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Sexual blackmail scams are easy and cheap, which is why hackers prefer them.

In most cases of sexual blackmail, the victim simply receives an email that may include stolen passwords from the victim’s old email account to convince her that she has violated their¬†data¬†.¬†In most cases, criminals do not have access to the victim’s information.

Scams usually target teenagers . In September, the FBI launched an initiative to combat this phenomenon.

Thousands of incidents have been recorded in the last two years with total losses of $ 83 million.

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