Many of our customers have recently reported messages from people claiming to have intercepted their username and password. These emails often state that they viewed and recorded your screen activity and webcam.
Attackers usually threaten to pass the video on to their contacts, colleagues and social media channels. They request payment in Bitcoin to keep the so-called information they have private.
Where do the attacks come from?
At some point when hackers claimed to have the victim's password, this turned out to be true.
In recent years, many large websites have suffered huge hacks in which their users' confidential information has been published online. Services like LinkedIn, Yahoo and Myspace have suffered massive and devastating hacks. Some users of these services still feel the consequences today.
The details leaked from these websites (and others facing the same issues) will continue to be sold online for years after the first violation. Hackers buy username and password combinations in hopes of reusing them to access services, steal money, and / or blackmail their owners.
How to answer
If you've been contacted by one of these hackers, it's scary that they'll have access to your credentials, data, and other online services.
The only thing you can do in response to this type of email is to ignore it. This email, titled "We Have Your Information", is a scam that has become much more credible as it likely contains one of your real passwords that you obtained through a site hack.
However, accounts using the same password should be changed immediately, and the security of any additional services you use should also be updated.
Self Defense on the Web
When using online services, a unique passphrase for each site is your number one defense. A good password manager also makes this practical and straightforward.
If you use a different password for each site you use, hackers can only access one site at a time. A hack in one place never compromises your other accounts because you don't reveal every password you use.
People often think that managing a lot of passwords is hard work, but it is almost always easier to keep track of things with a password manager.
With a high quality and secure password manager such as LastPass, Keypass or 1Password you can track all your logins efficiently and securely. They often offer the opportunity to improve your security by generating random and secure passwords that hackers find difficult to crack.
Password management services offer a variety of features that allow you to log in, update your security, and even make your security a top priority. After using a manager for only a short time, you will be wondering how you got on without it.
If you think you have been hacked or want to prevent it, contact us at 661-263-4442