Apart from making a few negative comments about various politicians, one in particular – not wanting to menton any names, I am not really in the rebuking line of things. However, something occurred on my e-mail lately which at first disturbed me. The person who sent the e-mails was uttering criticism about me, a grey haired golden oldie that means no harm to anyone, but it seems I am corrupt.
The first time I got a mail it was sent by me, but not by me, by someone that got into my e-mail account, so it was my e-mail address. I was told that he had hacked it through the router and that he had dumped all my contacts and planted a trojan on my account. Then he proceeded to blackmail me into paying a thousand bitcoins into his account, otherwise he would tell all my friends about the various web sites I visit with negative sexual content. Oh, and he also said he had my password, but I noticed it was an old password that I had not used in years. What to do? OK, I took the risk and deleted the mail. As nothing further happened I was glad, but had a funny feeling.
About a month later I got a similar mail, from apparently the same person, but with a difference. This time he was demanding only 8000 bitcoins, although the trojan was also placed on my account. The third attempt was last week and so I went hunting in Internet and discovered these mails are all a scam, newest version, known as Sextortion, because the accusations are always of a sexual nature. As the accusations of what I do on my computer, and the apparent secret films he had made of me in private moments with the computer camera were just plain lies, I realised I was a victim.
Here is a link explaining what to do and how it happens. Apparently the fact that my own e-mail address was used is not difficult to do and no big deal.
Why they chose me as a victim I do not know, but I am disgusted that people can stoop to such levels. So never pay anything, and just ignore. It is not a hacker, but a plain old fashioned scam, a sick attempt to extort money. And I do not even know how to get a bit coin, although I was instructed how to transfer them to his account, which I could find in Google.