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Blackmail attempts

I've gotten three e-mails in the last month purporting to be from the same person but with different e-mail addresses supposedly having video of me "enjoying myself" on a porn site.

In the first e-mail, amongst the so called information he has on me he requested £5,000 to be paid via bitcoin.

When I didn't respond or do anything else he sent the second e-mail telling me that he was going to post 4 videos of me to social media, family, work etc etc - he repeated his request for £5,000. Again I ignored the e-mail.

Now in the third e-mail which I received yesterday he has started giving what seems like specific information relevant and known only to me. This has me worried some what.

I know that virgin media was hacked a while back and that my account was compromised.Obviously I've changed the password several times since then.

He claims to have access to several devices such as a webcam - I don't own one..

he claims to have specific information about my activities last Saturday because he's "watching me".. - I realise that he's probably just gotten lucky with what he told me I was doing but maybe not.. This also has me worried some what.

he tells me I've a nice car and that he'll splash propaganda against me on it. I'm not too worried about this as I'm guessing he's just taken a 50/50 gamble that I've got a car.

I've scanned my PC for key loggers with malwarebytes but haven't found anything but the problem is that malwarebytes is only scanning my C drive and none of other drives I have. Sadly I can't afford to purchase the program but even if I could it doesn't appear to have an option to scan other drives.

I've also scanned my PC for viruses etc and found nothing suspicious apart from cpuz148_x64.sys. I've tried several different removal methods and it keeps on coming back after a reboot. A few websites I've checked say that this is not malicious but I just don't know one way or the other.

So my question is what other ways could he have actually gotten access to my PC and will a full format (not a quick format) and re-install of my OS do anything to halt this apart from wasting my time?

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doing a format is not going to solve some of your problems, he/she has your email. address, so he will persist. If you can make a new email address and inform your contacts, without it being a significant issue. Then let the old one die ( usually 3 months for services to close the account. Also, check your contacts for suspicious contacts. If you don't have a webcam, he may if you are using a laptop turned on your webcam without you knowing. Simple solve put a piece of gaffer tape over it.

Watching porn is a common blackmail attempt, whether you do or not  That's your business.  the rest is as you say good logical guess

cpuz148_x64.sys can be suspect, As you seem computer savvy. I would open task manager go into services, look for cpuz and disable.

shut down NOT reboot and check its still disabled. I would do this a few times and recheck.

Another option, save any data you want to save and do a restore well before the 1st email.

Also, try a free copy of AVG virus checker. If you like it the full copies can be got on e-bay ( they are genuine ) for a lot less than retail.

Also, look for a VPN if you don't have one. stops a lot of spam, and this type of nasty people.

I got 12-month subs for both at under £20.  ( I'll send you links if you want. )  The seller I use, I have no connection with apart from being a customer

If you need any more help, leave a reply and I'll try to solve it

Good luck and though may sound trite, try not to worry about it. 

Best wishes

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Hello snne11291

 

I am very sorry to hear you have had emails of this nature, unfortunately these can be a common occurrence, we would always recommend being vigilant and ensuring you are safe online.
I can see you have changed your password and ran extra virus tests, this is exactly what we mean by being vigilant when online. With regards to these specific emails there is not much we can do from our end, of course you can block the email address and report it to the host, in terms of blackmail and threats this would need reporting to the police to investigate for you.

 

Again I am very sorry this has happened to you, if you do need any further help, please let me know.

 

Thanks Joe_F 

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@snne11291 wrote:

I've gotten three e-mails in the last month purporting to be from the same person . . .

Now in the third e-mail which I received yesterday he has started giving what seems like specific information relevant and known only to me. This has me worried some what.

I know that virgin media was hacked a while back and that my account was compromised.Obviously I've changed the password several times since then.


These blackmail attempts are generally scam/phishing emails, hoping for a bite.  If you are worried that someone has actual specific info of your life (I think more than 50% of people own "a car" for instance), follow all the advice here, especially checking webmail settings for any auto-forward or filtering:

https://www.virginmedia.com/help/virgin-media-mail-my-email-has-been-hacked

And if these emails are coming to your inbox, mark them as spam to Virgin Media so the filter can learn.  If you are able, report via spam cop or similar service so that the miscreant is stopped at source.  They soon find other sources to send spam, but we have to try!


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@snne11291 wrote:

 

I've scanned my PC for key loggers with malwarebytes but haven't found anything but the problem is that malwarebytes is only scanning my C drive and none of other drives I have. Sadly I can't afford to purchase the program but even if I could it doesn't appear to have an option to scan other drives.

 


Follow the instructions here https://support.malwarebytes.com/docs/DOC-1150 which will allow you to scan files, folders and locations with Malwarebytes.

Malwarebytes also have an anti-rootkit product you may wish to try, it's available here: https://www.malwarebytes.com/antirootkit/

Be aware it's a beta product and is run at your own risk.




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https://www.freefixer.com/library/file/cpuz148_x64.sys-290183/

Benign file, you can check signatures etc on the above link.

Personally I would agree with the above. 

Social engineering attempt, likely off the back of a data breach

Ignore it.

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@mbwakelam wrote:

Also, look for a VPN if you don't have one. stops a lot of spam, and this type of nasty people.


How would a VPN stop “a lot of spam” and these “nasty people”?

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@Joe_F wrote:

…in terms of blackmail and threats this would need reporting to the police to investigate for you.


IMHO, if appropriate, your point of contact for this should be ActionFraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk

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@用心棒 wrote:

@Joe_F wrote:

…in terms of blackmail and threats this would need reporting to the police to investigate for you.


IMHO, if appropriate, your point of contact for this should be ActionFraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk


Thing is most of these emails will be sent by automated services or via compromised machines, there isn't really anything they are going to be able to do and even if they find the person doing it chances are they live in a country that doesn't care 😛

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Re: Blackmail attempts

First of all, thank you for the replies thus far.

I shall look into all of the suggestions over the next day or two when I get some spare time and by that I mean enough to delve into it deeply 🙂

 

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