The chilling email threatening to share embarrassing information that is ‘driving people to suicide’

“It breaks up perfectly stable relationships and causes untold misery”

A shocking email is reportedly being sent round to random victims threatening that embarrassing information will be shared online unless large sums of money are paid.

The ransom messages are even believed to be leading some victims to the brink of suicide, according to cyber security expert Colin Tankard.

He told the Mail on Sunday that the hackers are claiming to have set up malware on particular porn websites that have recorded what is happening on a person’s computer screen, while also recording them via webcam.

In one particular incident, a member of the public was warned that unless they made a “donation” of $3000 (or £2300), the embarrassing material would be leaked online to their contact list.

As reported by the Mirror Online, Colin Tankard said: “There have been instances when people have committed suicide as a result of the horrible threats made.

“It breaks up perfectly stable relationships and causes untold misery.”

There doesn’t appear to be any set group that is being targeted, with victims being selected at random.

Tankard added that in these situations, the worst thing that you can do is to pay the demand as it could then lead to that person’s contact details being put on a ‘sucker list’.

As reported by the Mirror Online, Colin Tankard said: “There have been instances when people have committed suicide as a result of the horrible threats made.

“It breaks up perfectly stable relationships and causes untold misery.”

It is thought that around £30 million per year could be made from threatening innocent people.

One person who was randomly targeted by the scam was Mail on Sunday journalist Sarah Hartley, who said: “Although I knew I had not been watching pornography, the way I was threatened – that a video of me would be passed on to contacts if I dared breathe a word – was horribly menacing.”

The scam involves two payments to the sum of £500 or more that is paid in anonymous bitcoins, which creates problems in trying to track down the hacker.

Read the full article here in Essex Live