Webcams and cryptocurrency, this unholy duo makes possible a crude, yet effective scam. It’s called sextortion. 

The details can vary, but the basic beats are fairly consistent: A target receives email from a threat actor claiming that s/he has evidence of pornography use, and that s/he was able to access the target’s webcam and capture compromising footage. 

The victim is presented with two choices: pay a ransom or have the media captured via webcam sent to all of their contacts. 

In the latest episode of What the Hack, Jake tells us about the time he found himself in the crosshairs of one of a sextortion scam.

Also featured: smishing, 419 scams and why, you should never, ever re-use your passwords on multiple accounts.

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