I hacked your device Email Scam

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I hacked your device

“I hacked your device” is a piece of malware that is categorized by security specialists as a Trojan horse virus. “I hacked your device” has been infecting a growing number of users lately and it’s important that you scan your system for this threat if you have reason to believe you’ve been contaminated, too.

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Extremely sneaky threats such as ransomware, spyware and Trojans are constantly lurking on various web locations and one wrong click can easily land a nasty virus on your computer before you even know it. That’s why one has to be very careful when interacting with web content and take extra measures to detect and remove malware from their machines in time.

Many of our users reported to us about an ongoing email spam with the following message:

Hi, stranger!

I hacked your device, because I sent you this message from your account.

If you have already changed your password, my malware will be intercepts it every time.

You may not know me, and you are most likely wondering why you are receiving this email, right?

In fact, I posted a malicious program on adults (pornography) of some websites, and you know that you visited these websites to enjoy

(you know what I mean).

While you were watching video clips,

my trojan started working as a RDP (remote desktop) with a keylogger that gave me access to your screen as well as a webcam.

Immediately after this, my program gathered all your contacts from messenger, social networks, and also by e-mail.

What I’ve done?

I made a double screen video.

The first part shows the video you watched (you have good taste, yes … but strange for me and other normal people),

and the second part shows the recording of your webcam.

What should you do?

Well, I think $671 (USD dollars) is a fair price for our little secret.

You will make a bitcoin payment (if you don’t know, look for “how to buy bitcoins” on Google).

BTC Address: 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr

(This is CASE sensitive, please copy and paste it)

Remarks:

You have 2 days (48 hours) to pay. (I have a special code, and at the moment I know that you have read this email).

If I don’t get bitcoins, I will send your video to all your contacts, including family members, colleagues, etc.

However, if I am paid, I will immediately destroy the video, and my trojan will be destruct someself.

If you want to get proof, answer “Yes!” and resend this letter to youself.

And I will definitely send your video to your any 19 contacts.

This is a non-negotiable offer, so please do not waste my personal and other people’s time by replying to this email.

Bye!’

Unfortunately, there are some very stealthy infections that use advanced tactics such as sending spam and phishing Bitcoin scam e-mails to users in order to trick them and no matter how careful you are, there is always a chance of getting compromised without having any idea about it.

In this post, we are going to talk about one such threat that goes under the name of “I hacked your device” and is a representative of the Trojan horse category. As per information from security researchers, “I hacked your device” is a threat that mostly uses spam emails to spread around the web. That’s why it can be related to a viral e-mail scam scheme that uses phishing and misleading spam messages to blackmail its victims.

The victims of this Bitcoin scam typically receive an email from a self-proclaimed hacker who states that their computer has been contaminated by a Trojan horse that is lying dormant in the system and is waiting for commands to damage the entire OS. The crook demands that a ransom is paid to a specific Bitcoin wallet, threatening that if no payment has been released in a short period of time, they will use the hidden malware to do something bad to or with the computer or the data that’s on it. The threats in the message may vary a lot but the general premise follows this basic blackmailing agenda

What to do if you have been targeted by this scam campaign

If you are on this page, you most probably have recently received an email with similar content and you must be wondering what to do next. Thankfully, though, security researchers say that, in most cases, the e-mail Bitcoin phishing messages are nothing but a bluff used by people with malicious agendas as a means of extorting quick money from the targeted web users. There is no real reason to believe the statements made in such emails unless you really have malware inside your system.

That being said, it is a good idea to check your entire PC with a reliable malware removal tool (if you don’t have one, you can use the tool included in the guide below) because, sometimes, apart from tricking the web users into paying a ransom, such scams can be used as transmitters of threats like “I hacked your device”. That’s why, especially if you have interacted with the blackmailing messages that have spammed your email inbox, it is best to perform a full system check for potentially unknown invaders and remove anything that looks suspicious.

In case that the scan detects a threat called “I hacked your device” on your computer, you should know that you can use the instructions in the removal guide below to quickly locate and remove this nasty Trojan horse before it manages to cause any damage.

SUMMARY:

NameI hacked your device
TypeTrojan
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Remove I hacked your device Bitcoin Email Virus

If you have a Windows virus, continue with the guide below.

If you have a Mac virus, please use our How to remove Ads on Mac guide.

If you have an Android virus, please use our Android Malware Removal guide.

If you have an iPhone virus, please use our iPhone Virus Removal guide


Step1

Some of the steps will likely require you to exit the page. Bookmark it for later reference.

Reboot in Safe Mode (use this guide if you don’t know how to do it).

Step2

WARNING! READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING!

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Press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC at the same time and go to the Processes Tab. Try to determine which processes are dangerous. 

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Right click on each of them and select Open File Location. Then scan the files with our free online virus scanner:

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    After you open their folder, end the processes that are infected, then delete their folders. 

    Note: If you are sure something is part of the infection – delete it, even if the scanner doesn’t flag it. No anti-virus program can detect all infections. 

    Step3

     

    Hold together the Start Key and R. Type appwiz.cpl –> OK.

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    You are now in the Control Panel. Look for suspicious entries. Uninstall it/them. If you see a screen like this when you click Uninstall, choose NO:

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    Type msconfig in the search field and hit enter. A window will pop-up:

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    Startup —> Uncheck entries that have “Unknown” as Manufacturer or otherwise look suspicious.

    • Remember this step – if you have reason to believe a bigger threat (like ransomware) is on your PC, check everything here.

    Hold the Start Key and R –  copy + paste the following and click OK:

    notepad %windir%/system32/Drivers/etc/hosts

    A new file will open. If you are hacked, there will be a bunch of other IPs connected to you at the bottom. Look at the image below:

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    If there are suspicious IPs below “Localhost” – write to us in the comments.

    Step5

     

    Type Regedit in the windows search field and press Enter.

    Once inside, press CTRL and F together and type the virus’s Name. Right click and delete any entries you find with a similar name. If they don’t show up this way, go manually to these directories and delete/uninstall them:

    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—–Random Directory. It could be any one of them – ask us if you can’t discern which ones are malicious.
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—-Windows—CurrentVersion—Run– Random
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER—-Software—Microsoft—Internet Explorer—-Main—- Random

    If the guide doesn’t help, download the anti-virus program we recommended or try our free online virus scanner. Also, you can always ask us in the comments for help!

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    About the author

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    Violet George

    Violet is an active writer with a passion for all things cyber security. She enjoys helping victims of computer virus infections remove them and successfully deal with the aftermath of the attacks. But most importantly, Violet makes it her priority to spend time educating people on privacy issues and maintaining the safety of their computers. It is her firm belief that by spreading this information, she can empower web users to effectively protect their personal data and their devices from hackers and cybercriminals.

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