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Porn warning: Hackers find way to secretly record viewers

PORN viewers have been put on alert and warned that hackers have figured out how to secretly record and spy on victims watching adult videos.

Porn viewers have been warned that hackers have figured out a way to secretly record when victims are watching adult videos.

The shock threat is spread via viruses and the porn malware can steal people’s passwords as well as private and financial data.

The malware has been dubbed Varenyky, and was discovered by cybersecurity researchers who said it is mainly targeting Windows 10 users. On July 22nd, it launched its first sextortion scam campaign.
The porn malware is capable of recording a victim’s on-screen activity, so hackers can spy on victims to see what type of adult videos they watch.

“This spambot is interesting because it can steal passwords, spy on its victims’ screen using FFmpeg when they watch pornographic content online, and communication to the C&C server is done through Tor, while spam is sent as regular internet traffic.”

The threat highlights the capabilities some cybercriminals have to extorting those that watch porn online.

This type of cybercrime works by claiming to have video footage filmed of people accessing adult websites via their laptop's webcam.

It’s then stated that unless the victim pays a ransom the recording and images of the page they were looking at will be released to everyone in their contacts.

One email, reads: "Let's get right to point. You may not know me and you are most likely wondering why you're getting this e mail?

"I set up a malware on the 18+ streaming (pornographic material) web site and guess what, yo? visited this site to ?xper?ence fun (you know what I mean).

"While you were watching videos, your web browser began operating as a Remote control Desktop having a key logger which provided me with accessibil?ty to your screen and webcam. immediately after that, my software obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, social networks, and email.

"Next I created a double video. 1st part shows the video you were viewing and 2nd part shows the v?ew of your web camera, and it's you.

"Neglect this email message, I most certainly will send out your very own recorded material to each of your personal contacts and imagine about the disgrace you can get.

"2nd option should be to give me $1486."

According to the team at Symantec, these scams are on the rise with the firm blocking some 300 million emails in the first part of 2019.

Cleary, getting a message that suggests your personal web browsing is about to be revealed to the world is hugely distressing and it seems some people are paying out.

Most modern antivirus programs will offer protection from these sorts of attacks by scanning and cleaning inboxes or blocking out malware using their advanced firewalls.

If you do not have an updated antivirus program installed on your device, you can easily get one here.
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