Recently I have received a lot of panicked calls from people who have received an email treating to send very personal information and embarrassing pictures and video taken with the camera on their computer, smartphone, tablet or even security camera.
To add validity to the ransom email, the scammer includes a username and password that you are using. Since many people have the terrible habit of using the same password across multiple websites chances are that the scammer has a high rate of success scaring the hell of out people.
The scammer obtained the usernames and passwords on the black market where this information readily available. Please read my previous emails about passwords and online security.
If you or someone close to you received this email rest assured that this is an empty threat. Delete the email and see it as a warning to step up your game using unique strong passwords for every online account and enable 2FA where ever available.
Contact me if you have any questions.
Smiles across the wires,