Avoid becoming a victim of 'This is important information for you!' scam

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

"This is important information for you" removal guide

What is "This is important information for you"?

"This is important information for you!" is an email scam. Scammers behind it seek to extort money from unsuspecting people by threatening to proliferate screenshots that have supposedly been made using recipients' webcams. They claim that they will proliferate these images unless a ransom is paid within a specific time frame. Ignore these emails, since the claims are false.

This is important information for you spam campaign

The "This is important information for you!" email states that the person who sent it has hacked the recipient's operating system and gained full access to the email account. The sender claims that the computer has been infected with a trojan via a critical vulnerability in the router's software. This malicious software has apparently enabled the person to steal data such as browsing history, files stored on the computer, telephone numbers, and email addresses of all contacts. Furthermore, the computer webcam (or other connected camera) was apparently used to take screenshots of the recipient and adult websites (that were apparently being viewed), and merged the photos into one. This scammer claims that compromising material has thus been obtained, which can place the recipient in a difficult situation. The scammer threatens to send the images to all of the recipient's contacts (including friends, colleagues, relatives, etc.) unless $607 (in Bitcoins) is received. Payment is required within 48 hours, after which the screenshots will apparently be deleted, and malicious software installed on the recipient's computer, removed. As mentioned, these claims are false. The computer is not infected with a trojan (at least not by this scammer) and the humiliating screenshots do not exist. The best option in these cases is to simply ignore the email and do not trust other similar emails in the future.

We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this type of email scam. Here is the most popular question we receive (in this case, relating to a scam that claims to have obtained compromising videos or photos of the user):

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.

Threat Summary:
Name "This is important information for you!" email scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Scammers claim that they have infected the computer and taken compromising photos through the connected camera/webcam. They threaten to distribute these, unless they are paid within 48 hours.
Ransom Size $607 in Bitcoins.
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address 1EnHkXMfZWhtRR1SQU7sxqoAc6hpXCLm8 (Bitcoin)
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the recipient'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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"I know you are a pedophile", "ChaosCC hacker group" and "The last time you visited a Porn website" are just some examples of other email scams. Typically, scammers claim that they have recorded 'humiliating videos' or taken compromising photos, and will proliferate them unless a specific payment is made (using a cryptocurrency). The emails sometimes contain various attachments, which cyber criminals send to infect the recipient's computer with high-risk malware. Examples of malicious programs that they proliferate via emails are TrickBot, LokiBot, Emotet, and FormBook.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Typically, cyber criminals send emails that contain attachments (or website links that lead to them) including JavaScript or executable files such as .exe, Microsoft Office or PDF documents, archives such as ZIP, RAR, and so on. After opening a file (such as an MS Office document), users are asked to enable macro commands (enable editing). If they allow a malicious document to enable these, the document installs high-risk malware. Other attachments infect computers in a similar way. In any case, files attached to such emails cannot infect computers unless recipients open them.

How to avoid installation of malware

Do not open attachments or web links in emails that are sent from unknown, suspicious addresses. The same applies to emails that are irrelevant but presented as official, important, and so on. The safest way to download programs and files is using official websites and direct links. Other channels such as Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule, and so on), unofficial websites, third party downloaders (or installers), etc., cannot be trusted. Software 'cracking' tools should not be used - this is illegal and often leads to installation of malware. Installed programs should be updated with tools or (implemented functions) created by official software developers. Additionally, use MS Office 2010 or later, since these versions include "Protected View" mode, which protects computers from infection through malicious documents. Scan your computer with reputable anti-virus or anti-spyware software regularly and keep it up-to-date. 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 "This is important information for you!" email message:

Subject: High level of danger. Your account was under attack.

 

Hello!

This is important information for you!

Some months ago I hacked your OS and got full access to your account -
On day of hack your account - has password: -

So, you can change the password, yes.. Or already changed... But my malware intercepts it every time.

How I made it:
In the software of the router, through which you went online, was a vulnerability. I used it...
If you interested you can read about it: (CVE-2019-1912 - a critical vulnerability in the web-based management interface of the Cisco routers.
I just hacked this router and placed my malicious code on it.
When you went online, my trojan was installed on the OS of your device.

After that, I made a full backup 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 not big amount of btc to unlock.
But I looked at the sites that you regularly visit, and I was shocked by what I saw!!!
I'm talk you about sites for adults.

I want to say - you are a BIG pervert. Your fantasy is shifted far away from the normal course!

And I got an idea....
I made a screenshot of the adult sites where you have fun (do you understand what it is about, huh?).
After that, I made a screenshot of your joys (using the camera of your device) and glued them together.
Turned out amazing! You are so spectacular!

I'm know that you would not like to show these screenshots to your friends, relatives or colleagues.
I think $607 is a very, very small amount for my silence.
Besides, I have been spying on you for so long, having spent a lot of time!

Pay ONLY in Bitcoins!
My BTC wallet: 1EnHkXMfZWhtRR1SQU7sxqoAc6hpXCLm8

You do not know how to use bitcoins?
Enter a query in any search engine: "how to replenish btc wallet".
It's extremely easy

For this payment I give you two days (48 hours).
As soon as this letter is opened, the timer will work.

After payment, my virus and dirty screenshots with your enjoys will be self-destruct automatically.
If I do not receive from you the specified amount, then your device will be locked, and all your contacts will receive a screenshots with your "enjoys".

I hope you understand your situation.
- Do not try to find and destroy my virus! (All your data, files and screenshots is already uploaded to a remote server)
- Do not try to contact me (this is impossible, sender's address was randomly generated)
- Various security services will not help you; formatting a disk or destroying a device will not help, since your data is already on a remote server.

P.S. You are not my single victim. so, I guarantee you that I will not disturb you again after payment!
This is the word of honor hacker

I also ask you to regularly update your antiviruses in the future. This way you will no longer fall into a similar situation.

Do not hold evil! I just good do my job.
Good luck.

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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.

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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