I Know * Is One Of Your Pass Email Scam

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

"I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" removal guide

What is "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass"?

Scammers send the "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email to thousands of people as part of a scam campaign. The scam is used to trick recipients of these bogus emails into believing that cyber criminals have recorded a compromising video of them and that they will proliferate it if their demands are not met. There are many similar scams of this type, none of which should be trusted. All claims are bogus and the best option is to simply ignore the email.

I Know * Is One Of Your Pass spam campaign

According to this scam, the computer was infiltrated by a remote access tool (RAT) that was installed while the email recipient was visiting an adult website. Scammers claim that this tool allowed them to access the webcam and monitor computing activities (screen). Furthermore, they claim that the installed tool also allowed them to steal all contacts from Messenger, Facebook, and email accounts. The main purpose of this email is to make people believe that scammers have recorded a video (using the webcam) of them watching the adult video (and also of the adult video itself). Scammers threaten to proliferate this (edited) video to all of the victim's contacts unless their demands to pay $968 are met. The ransom must be paid in Bitcoins by funds transfer to a wallet address provided. They also promise to delete this video (which does not actually exist) as soon as payment is received. This is simply a scam similar to many others. Many spam campaigns are used by cyber criminals who threaten that they will proliferate compromising videos unless their ransom demands are met. Emails such as "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" should never be trusted.

Threat Summary:
Name I Know * Is One Of Your Pass Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of one's computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.

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Yоu May Not Know Mе, Wе Arе Nоt Going To Steal A Lot Of Time and I Am A Spyware Software Developer are just a few examples of other similar emails proliferated using spam campaigns. Most scams of this type share an identical goal: to extort money from people by blackmail and making false claims. Other spam campaigns infect computers with malware. These emails infiltrate computers through attachments - usually Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archive files, executable files (.exe), and so on. If opened, they infect computers with LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind, or other high-risk infections. These malicious programs often steal personal details such as logins and passwords, banking account details, and proliferate other infections such as ransomware-type programs. Users of computers infected with this rogue software can experience problems relating to financial loss, privacy, browsing safety, etc.

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?

As mentioned above, spam campaigns are used to proliferate malicious programs or other threats, however, they only infect computers if the included attachments (or website links) are opened. For example, opened Microsoft Office documents ask permission to enable macro commands. If enabled, these commands trigger download and installation of high-risk computer infections. These rules also apply to other malicious files: they cannot do any damage if they are not opened.

How to avoid installation of malware?

Emails received from unknown or suspicious email addresses should be handled carefully. If an email contains an attachment or website link, do not open it without making sure that it is safe. These emails are often irrelevant to their recipients (how they can be identified). Download software using official, trustworthy sources, and direct links. Do not use third party downloaders/installers, since many are monetized by promoting rogue applications that might be designed to proliferate unwanted or malicious programs. Install and download software with care. Check all available "Custom", "Advanced" and other similar settings and options. Deselect additionally-included unwanted applications and only then finish the installation or download process. Update installed software using functions or tools provided by official developers only. Various third party software updaters should never be used. If you are a Microsoft Office user, we recommend that you use versions no older than 2010. Newer versions can prevent users from inadvertently downloading installing malware through malicious MS Office attachments. These later versions have "Protected View" mode integrated, thus preventing downloaded files from going on to download and install computer infections. 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 Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email message:

I know * is one of your pass. Lets get directly to the point. Not one person has paid me to investigate you. You do not know me and you're most likely thinking why you're getting this email?
Well, i actually setup a malware on the X videos (porn material) web-site and guess what, you visited this website to experience fun (you know what i mean). While you were watching videos, your web browser initiated working as a Remote control Desktop that has a keylogger which gave me access to your screen as well as webcam. Just after that, my software program obtained your entire contacts from your Messenger, Facebook, and emailaccount. and then i created a double video. 1st part shows the video you were watching (you've got a fine taste omg), and second part displays the view of your cam, yeah its u.
You have 2 possibilities. Why dont we analyze the choices in details:
1st choice is to disregard this message. in this case, i am going to send your actual tape to all your your personal contacts and just imagine regarding the humiliation you can get. Do not forget should you be in an intimate relationship, exactly how it will affect?
Number two option will be to give me $968. Lets regard it as a donation. in this situation, i will instantly remove your video. You can go forward your way of life like this never occurred and you surely will never hear back again from me.
You will make the payment by Bitcoin (if you don't know this, search for 'how to buy bitcoin' in Google).
BTC address to send to: 1EiJMyvw2NP6T6vyWQ81HgUfBUVT1mqZkM, 1Lq8TnU33SMFUXcyGYmwkfriaBAfEoX5Co, 14cxPepKjJ8XR5k4u7jskJiqMH2vGFV5WY, 1M3r1T2MnqRPJUgWoSZTgaTqpVQUNdkpeC, 1ELzee2T9Wd5YPTYhWbWD3xK7xB5tJ94J4, 18z5c6TjLUosqPTEnm6q7Q2EVNgbCy16Td, 1EJcaYXy5AHuqPDSSSZ8rWiPXD5vsyfoAS, 16KYyLAv9ioGu5H5fHTmuSgbS5usGcQUna, 1FJHnBiaATrcwxdFrFLCLnoTeqYyCupC1r, 14wsWgEQarKo1uZKKAqvaGRCPdrTseh7SR, 1DrThpxYV7JtvrVkneuJMYtn8Fik8efSwn, 18z5c6TjLUosqPTEnm6q7Q2EVNgbCy16Td, 14cxPepKjJ8XR5k4u7jskJiqMH2vGFV5WY
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if you may be curious about going to the law enforcement, good, this e mail can not be traced back to me. I have taken care of my moves. i am not trying to ask you for money so much, i only want to be rewarded. unique if i don't receive the bitcoin, i will certainly send your video to all of your contacts including relatives, co-workers, etc. Nevertheless, if i receive the payment, i'll erase the video right away. If you really want evidence, reply Yup then i definitely will send out your video to your 11 friends. it is a nonnegotiable offer and so don't waste my personal time & yours by responding to this email.

Another variant of this scam:

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Another variant of "I Know * Is One Of Your Pass" email spam campaign:

I Know * Is One Of Your Pass Email Spam Campaign (sample 3)

Text presented within this email:

^^ is your password. You don't know me and you're thinking why you received this email. right?
I placed malware on the porn website and guess what. you visited this web site to have fun (you know what I mean). While you were watching the video. your web browser acted as an RDP (Remote Desktop) and a keylogger which provided me access to your display screen and webcam.
Right after that, my software gathered all your contacts from your Messenger. Facebook account. and email account. What exactly did I do? I made a spl t-screen video. First part recorded the video you were viewing (you've got a fine taste haha), and next part recorded your webcam (Yep! It's you doing nasty things).
What should you do?
Well. I bel eve. S1400 is a fair price for our little secret. You'll make the payment via Bitcoin to the below address of you don't know :his. search "how to buy bitcoin" in Google).
BTC Address -->> 12xQ1CaVB3xpNx8GRixWefGekMgsNSzLcK, 1FodoCBED3gMN8j4EVDHHWvFqr1JFgH7Aj, XnfypYUMso855erq8vmsdGcFPcnWeUh1G4 (It is case sensitive. so copy and paste it)
Important:  You have 24 hours in order to make the payment. (I have an unique pixel within this email message. and right now I know that you have read this email). If I don't get the payment. I will send your video to all of your contacts including relatives. coworkers. and so forth. Nonetheless. if I do get paid. I will erase the video immediately. If you want evidence. reply with "Yes!" and I will send your video recording to your 5 friends. This is a non-negotiable offer. so don't waste my time and yours by replying to this email.

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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.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

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 the 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.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

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