I Have Bad News For You Email Scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Type: Other
Distribution: Moderate
Damage level: Severe

"I have bad news for you Email Scam" removal guide

What is "I have bad news for you Email Scam"?

The "I have bad news for you Email Scam" email is categorized as being part of a spam campaign used by cyber criminals (scammers) who attempt to threaten and trick people into paying money. Typically, scammers send an email stating that they have recorded a compromising video or image of the recipient and, if their demands are not met, they will proliferate the material to everyone on the user's contacts list.

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In this particular case, scammers send an email stating that the operating system has been hacked and they have access to your contacts list and browsing history. Note that developers use a so-called "spoofing" technique. They essentially fake the recipient information so that it appears that the email has been received from another user (in this case, it is actually the recipient). So it might seem that you have sent the email to yourself. As stated in the message, this infiltration has happened due to vulnerabilities of a router to which you were supposedly connected some time earlier. As a result, a trojan was installed on your computer and this scammer (or scammers) now have access to your webcam. Furthermore, they claim that they took a screenshot of you when you were visiting a pornographic (or similar) website. To prevent this image being sent to your friends and other people on your contacts list, you must pay $813 in Bitcoins. In this threatening email they also state that if you do not pay within 50 hours, they will proliferate the photo and block your computer. Ignore this email and do not worry about computer infections or other problems. Scammers send these emails to many people hoping that a percentage be tricked and pay them money.

Other examples of similar spam campaigns are My nickname in darknet, So I'm the hacker who broke your email, and I'm a programmer who cracked your email. There are many more similar campaigns. Most are very similar and threaten people to make ransom payements for non-existent humiliating material (photos, video). Other spam email campaigns proliferate viruses through malicious email attachments, usually Microsoft Office documents, PDF, RAR, executable (.exe) files, and so on. The aim is to trick people into opening the attachment. Once opened, it downloads/installs a high-risk virus (TrickBot, Emoter, AZORult, etc.). Typically, these viruses are designed to gather personal/sensitive data such as passwords and logins of various accounts. They can do great damage and cause privacy/financial problems. Furthermore, some might be capable of opening "backdoors" for other viruses such as ransomware.

We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this scam email. Here is the most popular question we receive:

Q: Hi pcrisk.com team, I received an email stating that my computer was hacked and they have a video of me. Now they are asking for a ransom in Bitcoins. I think this must be true because they listed my real name and password in the email. What should I do?

A: Do not worry about this email. Neither hackers nor cyber criminals have infiltrated/hacked your computer and there is no video of you watching pornography. Simply ignore the message and do not send any Bitcoins. Your email, name, and password was probably stolen from a compromised website such as  Yahoo (these website breaches are common). If you are concerned, you can check if your accounts have been compromised by visiting the haveibeenpwned website.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Spam email campaigns that proliferate viruses through attachments usually infect computers only if the attachment is opened. Note, however, that if the attached file is a Microsoft Word document (Excel, Word, etc.) and it is opened using Microsoft Office 2010 or later, the malicious attachment will ask permission to enable macros commands. The virus cannot proliferate without first enabling these commands. Ultimately, to infect a computer, a malicious attachment must first be opened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Do not open email attachments that are received within an email sent by an unknown, suspicious, or irrelevant sender. Open these attachments only if you are confident that they are safe. Download software using official and trustworthy sources only. Avoid using third party downloaders, since many downloaders and installers are monetized by promoting rogue applications that might cause computer infections. Do not skip installation or download steps without first checking all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings. Deselect any unwanted software, and only then complete the installation. Do not update software using third party updaters. Use only tools/implemented functions provided by the official software developer. Fake updaters often install potentially unwanted applications rather than the promised updates or fixes. Note that older versions of Microsoft Office are not capable of preventing users from installing malware. MS Office 2010 and later versions have the "Protected View" mode that prevents downloaded files (malicious attachments) from downloading and installing malicious software. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "I have bad news for you Email Scam" email message:

Subject: Change your password immediately. Your account has been hacked.

I greet you!

I have bad news for you.
11/08/2018 - on this day I hacked your operating system and got full access to your account -

It is useless to change the password, my malware intercepts it every time.

How it was:
In the software of the router to which you were connected that day, there was a vulnerability.
I first hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you entered in the Internet, my trojan was installed on the operating system of your device.

After that, I made a full dump of your disk (I have all your address book, history of viewing sites, all files, phone numbers and addresses of all your contacts).

A month ago, I wanted to lock your device and ask for a small amount of money to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and came to the big delight of your favorite resources.
I'm talking about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a big pervert. You have unbridled fantasy!

After that, an idea came to my mind.
I made a screenshot of the intimate website where you have fun (you know what it is about, right?).
After that, I took off your joys (using the camera of your device). It turned out beautifully, do not hesitate.

I am strongly belive that you would not like to show these pictures to your relatives, friends or colleagues.
I think $813 is a very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I spent a lot of time on you!

I accept money only in Bitcoins.
My BTC wallet: 17vzpL7n29egdeJF1hvUE4tKV81MqsW4wF, 1LwibmKAKu4kt4SvRLYdUP3aW7vL3Y78zL, 1B1Vov1LTLGLcVG3ycPQhQLe81V67FZpMZ

You do not know how to replenish a Bitcoin wallet?
In any search engine write "how to send money to btc wallet".
It's easier than send money to a credit card!

For payment you have a little more than two days (exactly 50 hours).
Do not worry, the timer will start at the moment when you open this letter. Yes, yes .. it has already started!

After payment, my virus and dirty photos with you self-destruct automatically.
Narrative, if I do not receive the specified amount from you, then your device will be blocked, and all your contacts will receive a photos with your "joys".

I want you to be prudent.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (this is not feasible, I sent you an email from your account)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help either, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment, as you are not my single victim.
This is a hacker code of honor.

From now on, I advise you to use good antiviruses and update them regularly (several times a day)!

Don't be mad at me, everyone has their own work.
Farewell.

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Spyhunter for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:

manual malware removal step 1 Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart your computer into Safe Mode:

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

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Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck the "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Spyhunter for Windows.