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Thread: I got a "blackmail" spam email with my museum password

  1. #11
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    Feb 26, 2008
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    I got the same "blackmail" spam email weeks ago...

    Our IT manager told me that years ago a group of hackers stole the Linkedin and other sites databases of emails associated with passwords.
    Recently somebody sold these old databases and started blackmailing people with this porn type scam...
    It's hard to determine which site was hacked if you use the same password for every site you are registered in...

    My suggestion is to change all the passwords on any site you are registered in.

    The fact they use a real password you may have used or that you still use make the scam very credible...but don't worry they have not any video or picture of you

    Federico

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjacwave50 View Post
    I'm curious if you can change your password here in the museum? Not saying the museum is not a safe site, but
    what C.H.O.A.M. said sort of raises a red flag. Maybe changing your password every once in a while might be a
    wise idea?
    yeah, that's what made me think/post here. the spammer had my museum password.
    the "connection not secure" warning here made me wonder if that's where they got my email.

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXXPHOENIX View Post
    I got the same "blackmail" spam email weeks ago...

    Our IT manager told me that years ago a group of hackers stole the Linkedin and other sites databases of emails associated with passwords.
    Recently somebody sold these old databases and started blackmailing people with this porn type scam...
    It's hard to determine which site was hacked if you use the same password for every site you are registered in...

    My suggestion is to change all the passwords on any site you are registered in.

    The fact they use a real password you may have used or that you still use make the scam very credible...but don't worry they have not any video or picture of you

    Federico
    I only use that password here.
    and I know they have no video of me (see my "black tape" reference)

  4. #14
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    This site will tell you if an email you use for a site login was involved in a hack:
    https://haveibeenpwned.com/

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