I Have A Forum In The Darkweb Email Scam

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" removal guide

What is "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb"?

"I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" is a scam that is distributed as a spam campaign - scammers send this email to many people. Generally, emails of this type are used to blackmail people. The cyber criminal behind this scam presents himself as a 'hit man' who was supposedly assigned to hurt the recipient(s). In fact, "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" is a common scam that should not be taken seriously.

I Have A Forum In The Darkweb spam campaign

The cyber criminal responsible for sending this email is presented as a hit man who accepts requests to harm people in one or another way through an account on the dark web. According to this scammer, he takes all kinds of jobs: ruins people's businesses, injures people, and so on. In this particular case, he claims that he has received a request to throw acid on the face of the recipient of the email. He offers a compromise: he promises potential victims not to take the job if they agree to send him $1500 in Bitcoin via the Bitcoin wallet address provided. He gives six hours to make the transaction. In the the email subject line, the scammer advises potential victims not to contact the police (or any other authorities). This however, is simply a scam. Cyber criminals send emails to many people hoping that someone will take it seriously and send the money (cryptocurrency). In summary, all claims made by the "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" scam are bogus. We strongly recommend that you ignore it. Do not believe any messages of this type.

Threat Summary:
Name I Have A Forum In The Darkweb 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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Many scammers proliferate different spam campaigns, however, their main purpose is to extort money from people by making various threats. Other scams of this type include "Your Account Was Hacked", "You May Not Know Me", and "We Are Not Going To Steal A Lot Of Time". Unfortunately, cyber criminals often send similar deceptive emails to cause computer infections. They usually spread malicious programs such as LokiBot, TrickBot, Emotet, AZORult, Adwind, and other high-risk computer infections. Typically, these emails are presented as official/legitimate and contain attachments/attached files (or web links that lead to them). Cyber criminals usually attach Microsoft Office documents (Excel, Word, and so on), JavaScript files, executables (.exe files), archives (ZIP, RAR or other), PDFs, etc. The main purpose of these emails (scams) is to trick people into downloading and opening the presented attachments. Once opened, they install high-risk computer infections/malicious programs. These programs cause privacy issues, threaten browsing safety, cause data/financial loss, 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?

Cyber criminals benefit from spam campaigns that contain malicious attachments (or web links that lead to them) only when these attachments are opened. If an attached file is a Microsoft Office document, it should ask for permission to enable macros commands. This feature is called "Protected View" mode, which is designed to protect computers from infection by malicious documents. If permission to enable them is given, the infected document starts downloading and then installing certain malicious programs. If the attached file is an executable file, to cause any damage, it must first be executed. Archive files must be extracted, their contents opened, and so on.

How to avoid installation of malware?

To prevent computer infection by malicious programs proliferated through email attachments, handle received emails with care. Emails that contain attachments and are received from unknown, suspicious addresses should not be trusted without carefully studying them first. All software should be downloaded using official sources (websites) and direct links only. Third party downloaders, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule etc.), unofficial websites and other such tools should be avoided. You are strongly advised to update software only through tools or implemented functions that are provided by official software developers. Unofficial updaters should not be trusted or used. Reputable anti-virus or ant-spyware software can also protect computers from infection - have this software installed and enabled at all times. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "I Have A Forum In The Darkweb" email message:

Subject: (#7821) I advise you not to call the police 14.02.2019 06:08:53
Hi
Non parlo italiano,ma questa lettera Ë scritta per te.
I have a forum in the darkweb,I produce all sorts of services - basically it is demolition to bussiness and injur\'y.above all,all but the homicide.Often this happens because of unrequited love or competitio\'n at workplace.
This month he contacted me and set me the task of splashing aci\'d in your face.Standard order - fast,painfully,for life.Without too much fuss.I get receive only after doing the work.Therefore, now I offer you send money to me to be inactive,I suggest this to nearly all the victims.
If I do not receive money from you, then my performer will fulfill the task.If you give me money,besides to my inactivity,I will provide you the information that I have about the client.
After completing the order, I often waist the performer,so I have a choice,to get $1500 from you for information about the customer and my inaction,or to get $ 6000 from the customer,but with a big probability of losing the performer.
Iím getting payme\'nts in bt\'c,its my QR-COD\'E (bitc0in addres`s)
(This is case sensitive,you can use bitpay.com) read this barcode
1b6dZG5feyiucCQLxzUuBtQNZZdjAjvc6
The sum I told above
6 hours to transfer and remember that clock is beating

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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 Malwarebytes 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 Malwarebytes for Windows.

About the author:

Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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