Hackers Promised To Publish Intimate Photos And Videos Of Millions Of Netizens

Hackers Promised To Publish Intimate Photos And Videos Of Millions Of Netizens
Hackers Promised To Publish Intimate Photos And Videos Of Millions Of Netizens

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CheckPoint specialists discovered the Phorpiex malware that sent letters in which hackers blackmailed people by publishing intimate photos and videos from webcams that they allegedly got into their possession. This was reported in a press release CheckPoint, received by the editorial board of "Lenta.ru".

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The mailing of letters is carried out using a spambot, which first downloads a database of email addresses from the server, and then sends them messages. Attackers use databases that contain not only the victim's email address, but also the victim's password. Thus, hackers get the opportunity to start a letter with the recipient's password, after which he is lost and readily fulfills the demands of the criminals.

According to researchers, the bot is capable of sending about 30,000 emails per hour. Each individual campaign can reach up to 27 million people. Phorpiex has been active for almost 10 years and has already infected about 450,000 hosts. Experts estimate the monthly income of hackers at 22 thousand dollars (1.4 million rubles).

CheckPoint noted that Phorpiex was previously used to distribute other malware or to mine cryptocurrency.

Earlier, the Bulgarian hacker InstaKilla hacked several forums about sex services, stealing the personal data of more than 333 thousand users. Two resources were attacked - Italian EscortForumIt.xxx and Dutch Hookers.nl.

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