Civil guard of Spain warns of extortion sexual in line with cryptocurrencies

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Criminals threaten to post videos intimate unless paid USD 1900 in BTC.The elements that underpin the threat are fake and should not generate concern, says the GN.A new alert issued by the Guardia Civil of Spain warns of a campaign of extortion, sexual (sextortion) online, where cyber-criminals to apply for cryptocurrencies to mode of payment for non-post photos and videos sex of the victim.”According to the criminal, to prevent the dissemination of this information, the people have to pay in some cases up to $ 1,900 (about 1.730 euros) in cryptocurrencies, which have to enter into a virtual wallet”, said recently the curator María Pilar Allué, chief of staff of the National Police, according to what was contained in the newspaper ABC of Spain. The official, referred to this campaign of extortion in line during a press conference offered in relation to the current pandemic of Covid-19 (coronavirus).According to details the report of the Office of Security of the User of Spain, under the National Institute for Cybersecurity (INCIBE), the threats come through email, where they intimidate the receiver ensuring that disseminate their videos intimate or get their family Covid-19; unless they pay you the amount of BTC in less than 24 hours. The amount amounted to us $ 1900 dollars, according reiterates the Civil Guard in a tweet.Attackers use e-mail accounts are conventional, such as Gmail or Outlook. Also, in the messages —which may be in English or Spanish— will tell the victim they have in their possession a video intimate obtained while the person was sifting through pages of adult content. The video, they argue, would have been prepared thanks to that previously infected the device of the victim to record it. This turns out to be false and is only a bait to hunt down more victims credulous.

Everything is a scam

In addition, the crooks claim to have extracted the contacts of the victim of his e-mail and social networks. In some versions of the mail, to generate an apparent credibility, show any password that is linked to the person, which was probably found through some data leakage on the Internet.The authorities claim that it is an attempt to scam and they warn that in the event you receive an email of this style, it should completely ignore and not answer. “This is an attempt to scam, no one has accessed your computer, they do not have your contacts, or your passwords and there’s no video”, ensure that it indicates that receiving a response from the victim, the attacker will know if the account is active and you can improve your attacks and send new ones in the future.Because of this, they suggest not to open unsolicited emails or from unknown users. Additional, advise you not to submit personal information to us, keep the antivirus updated, use strong passwords that are different for each service; authenticate doubly and do not expose passwords.Another tip that every Internet user should have in mind is to verify your e-mail account on the platform Have I Been Pwned, which may well be the case, it shows where and when they leaked the password, in case you have been cast in the leakage of information possible and somewhat frequent in some on-line services.It is not the first time that the Spanish authorities are facing cyber threats which are linked to the cryptocurrencies. One of the milestones most recent was the seizure of 250,000 EUR in bitcoins, which for the moment is estimated in 25 units of BTC, which were not confirmed by the National Police, as we reported in Breaking News.Today, we report how the brigade of cybercrime of the Police of Investigations of Chile (PDI) has issued an alert similar, having detected a campaign of malicious with numerous emails that try to obtain cryptocurrencies under threat of using the passwords of the victim. Also, try to steal documents, passwords and other sensitive data through virus and software of high hazard designed to make phishing.

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