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Well, with the number of data breaches that are seemingly occurring every day, your email address, real name and even your old passwords are not that hard to acquire.
These databases are typically available on the Dark Web and even on public file sharing sites.
Even if you do get a threatening email addressed to your name or with your old password attached, please don't fall for it!
Note: To check if your information has been compromised, visit Have I Been Pwned.
You always need to be on the lookout for the latest scams so you don't fall victim to these threats and attempts by these scammers to profit at your expense.
Remember, scammers often rely on scare tactics, counting on you to overlook details out of fear.
MORE: What to Do After a Data Breach Evidence of this scam began popping up online a week ago.
Researcher Johannes Ulrich received the message himself.
Change the password if you haven't already, and you can safely ignore the rest of the threat.This scammer is sending out nearly identical emails to thousands of people.Rogue or infected websites do harbor exploit kits and other nasty malware that infect computers, but it would have been hard for this scammer to have obtained the email usernames and passwords for thousands of random visitors to a porn site.Independent security blogger Brian Krebs and infosec news site Bleeping Computer both heard from readers that they’d received such email messages. A Dutch security researcher examined a few dozen of the Bitcoin addresses referenced in the emails, and found that they had received in excess of ,000 as of yesterday morning (July 19)."A growing number of my friends are posting on social media or other outlets that they've received this; I'm seeing one or two posts per day right now," Sue Marquette Poremba, a freelance information-security writer, told Tom's Guide."Some are laughing it off as ridiculous; others are (wisely) reporting it to their ISP and police."Boilerplate extortion In all cases, the extortion message is the same, except for the username and password, the amount of money demanded and the Bitcoin address to which to send the payment.