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I received this email from cuscz.cz.  Am I covered?

 

 

This account is now hacked! Renew your password right now!
You do not know anything about me and you may be definitely wanting to know for what reason you are getting this particular email, right?
I am ahacker who exploitedyour emailand digital devicesa few months ago.
Don't attempt to msg me or alternatively try to find me, it's hopeless, since I sent you a letter using YOUR hacked account.
I have created special program on the adult vids (porn) website and suppose you have watched this site to enjoy it (you know what I mean).
During you have been paying attention to movies, your browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Control) that have a keylogger that provided me permission to access your display and webcam.
After that, my softwaregatheredall info.
You have put passcodes on the websites you visited, I sniffed them.
Without a doubt, you can modify them, or already changed them.
But it doesn't matter, my malware updates it every time.
What actually I have done?
I made a reserve copy of every your device. Of all the files and contacts.
I created a dual-screen record. The first section reveals the clip that you were observing (you have a good taste, haha...), and the second part reveals the recording from your camera.
What should you do?
Great, I believe, 1000 USD is a reasonable amount of money for this small secret. You will make the deposit by bitcoins (if you don't know this, go searching “how to buy bitcoin” in Google).
My bitcoin wallet address:
1GVgsTh6j1oh5PUksWQDdiChtsRiWwkR6Q
(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Warning:
You will have only 2 days to perform the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this message, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).
To trackthe reading of a letterand the activitywithin it, I usea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (The stuff thatcan be usedfor the authorities may also helpus.)

In the event I do not get bitcoins, I shall immediately send your recording to each of your contacts, including family members, co-workers, and so forth?

 
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Hello,

This is a very popular (and very lame) scam right now being done by a prolific spammer—as with most scams, they mix up convincing-sounding language that sounds like it could be possible, but really isn't, and surround it with all sorts of alarming-sounding text to Scare You Into Acting Right Now. 

The only things you need do are (1) flag the message as a phishing attempt with your webmail provider; and (2) ignore it. 

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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On 2/20/2019 at 3:29 AM, Re-Zac said:

I received this email from cuscz.cz.  Am I covered?

I am ahacker who exploitedyour emailand digital devicesa few months ago.
I have created special program on the adult vids (porn) website and suppose you have watched this site to enjoy it (you know what I mean).
During you have been paying attention to movies, your browser began functioning like a RDP (Remote Control) that have a keylogger that provided me permission to access your display and webcam Tutuapp 9apps Showbox.


You will have only 2 days to perform the payment. (I built in an unique pixel to this message, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).
To trackthe reading of a letterand the activitywithin it, I usea Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (The stuff thatcan be usedfor the authorities may also helpus.)

In the event I do not get bitcoins, I shall immediately send your recording to each of your contacts, including family members, co-workers, and so forth?

 

 

Hi,

A scam,

So did he use the device or infected a website ? And infecting website with what , an ActiveX from 90s ?

And if you are using a laptop, the led flash is embeded with the webcam so it's impossible to activate the camera without the flashlight (the small LED) (correct me if I'm wrong).

And then the pixel. Is it possible ? Yes, did your mail reader signal it ? No, so there is none. The pixel may be small but not for the mail reader who will block it automaticlly (Thunderbird per example).

I don't think there's a threat here. 

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Again as previously explained, its a scam e-mail. Everything stated in the e-mail is untrue.

Sometimes a bit of deductive logic goes a long way in these situations. If the e-mail author had all the capability he states, your PC would already have had all its files encrypted and you would be greeted with the typical ransomware desktop screen at boot time.

BTW - you should not be opening e-mails from unknown/untrusted sources unless you previously verified that the sender was legitimate.

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3 minutes ago, Catguy27 said:

My advice is to install a good antivirus like BitDefender

Why only good? Use an excellent on like ESET :) Honestly, you are in the official ESET forum so comments like this are not appropriate. Users with ESET have an excellent protection that is not easy to outperform.

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I knew it wasn't a true threat, just wondered how eset allowed the email through.  I guess, since it WASN'T a threat, maybe that's why?

The emails all have my email address via cuscz.cz, I have to open in order to report Phishing.

 

Thanks for all of the replies, I'm good.

 

 

 

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I never open attachments from any scammers/spammers.  I have to open the email in order to report Phishing.  And I have ESET, I don't need any other device such as BitDefender.

Thank you all for the replies.

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5 minutes ago, Catguy27 said:

I have bad experiences with Eset for mobile phones and too many false positives for PC version also cost of products is higher than others! Lower the price will attract buyers 😊

If you had issues with EMS for mobile phones, you should have contacted customer care in the first place. Unfortunately you didn't mention what kind of issues you had so I can't comment on it without more info. You should, however, post in the appropriate mobile section then.

And too many false positives? Why this exaggeration? ESET is known to have least false positives even according to various independent tests. Maybe you consider PUAs to be false positives but they are not. Again, more info is missing.

As for the price, it differs in countries around the world. In some it may be cheaper, in the other slightly expensive than other AVs. However, multi-device packages are best if you want to save money and there are also special deals at some times when you can buy products for a better price.

Let's keep the discussion to point or create a new topic in the appropriate forum where we could discuss things seriously without trolling, bashing or ranting.

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  • 2 weeks later...

It should also be noted that ransomware developers in an apparent attempt to maximize their monetary returns are indeed sending e-mail's as noted in this recent article: https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/ransomware-pretends-to-be-proton-security-team-securing-data-from-hackers/ . It appears the attacker has gained enough information to known the target's e-mail/VPN provider in these cases. These e-mail's are just an attempt to extort more money from the victim. Assumed after a response with the payment forwarded, the attacker will demand additional money to provided a decryption key. Or as has been previously documented, no decryption key.

Bottom line - if your files have not been encrypted, any e-mail received in this regard is a scam one. If your files have been encrypted, do not forward any money in response to one of these e-mails. 

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On 2/20/2019 at 11:28 AM, Re-Zac said:

I don't need any other device such as BitDefender

BitDefender is an antivirus , not a "device"

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On 2/20/2019 at 11:32 AM, Marcos said:

 ESET is known to have least false positives even according to various independent tests.

Up to yesterday, "independent tests" were not relevant to determine ESET's performance... they were characterized like "not real life" situation

Now, I lived to see the day when Marcos is invoking "independent tests" to defend ESET

 

 

 

 

And deleting this post will not change the absurdity of such an action....

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1 hour ago, novice said:

Up to yesterday, "independent tests" were not relevant to determine ESET's performance... they were characterized like "not real life" situation

Now, I lived to see the day when Marcos is invoking "independent tests" to defend ESET

Another example of your predisposition of making a "mountain out of a molehill."

Marcos's prior posting:

On ‎2‎/‎20‎/‎2019 at 11:32 AM, Marcos said:

Why this exaggeration? ESET is known to have least false positives even according to various independent tests.

I assume he was referring to the AV labs who test for this: https://www.eset.com/int/about/newsroom/press-releases/announcements/eset-validated-in-third-party-performance-tests-takes-gold/

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4 hours ago, itman said:

Another example of your predisposition of making a "mountain out of a molehill."

It is not about "predisposition" , it is only about fairness....

It is not fair to blame the "independent tests" for poor detection results (98.9%) implying that the tests do not simulate "real life" situation , but to praise them for low FP performance - ESET-takes-gold.

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