Ignore the Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa email

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

"Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa" removal guide

What is "Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa"?

Like many sextortion emails, this one is sent by scammers who attempt to extort money from unsuspecting recipients. Typically, they claim that they have recorded humiliating, compromising videos or photos, and threaten to proliferate the material unless they are paid a ransom. Do not believe these emails or pay these scammers any money. Ignore all emails of this type.

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According to the scammers behind this sextortion-type email, they have been watching the recipient for a few months. They claim that whoever has received this email has infected their own system with a Trojan, which gave criminals access and control over the computer. I.e., they claim that they were able to see everything on the recipient's screen, turn on the camera and microphone, and have recorded a video of the recipient whilst was watching a video on a website (supposedly a page that contains adult content). Scammers claim that they will send the video to all of the recipient's contacts from social networks and email accounts unless the receive $570 within 50 hours. Recipients must make the transaction using the provided Bitcoin wallet address. Do not trust this email or send any money to these scammers. The video does not exist and emails of this type should be ignored.

We receive a great deal of feedback from concerned users about this type of scam email. 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 Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa Email Scam
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Scammers behind this sextortion scam claim that they have recorded an humiliating video and threaten to distribute it unless they are paid a ransom sum of money within a specified time frame.
Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address (Bitcoin)
13z9DxyrsUhdK7YaaryFZn8z5CDdFHdC1d, 1PvKmMQA5JoWJAye57P6gw4PwzLDxtcBsQ, 1GZ35FmEHDD1dvrHAnUUwEv5G4X3WFBi5r, 1PHk4oYjsrTTFJv7tXekFsmYNHfTbHBgeM, 1L2bgz6JjQLUnEXDubAAkMfz5gZMUWGKmV
Ransom Size US$500 (in Bitcoins)
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the 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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More examples of similar emails are "Final Warning", "I KNOW YOU OPENED MY LAST MAIL" and "The last time you visited a Porn website". Typically, these emails do not contain any attachments or website links and are harmless, however, cyber criminals often send messages to infect systems with high-risk malware such as ransomware, Trojans, etc. Generally, they disguise the emails as important, official, and so on.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Operating systems are infected through these emails only if recipients open malicious files that are attached to them, or they open files that are downloaded through links included within them. Systems cannot be harmed/infected without having first opening the malicious file. Typically, cyber criminals attach malicious Microsoft Office, PDF documents, archive files such as ZIP, RAR, executables such as .exe, and JavaScript files. An MS Office document will generally be opened in Protected View mode and will not present a problem - for a document of this type to infect the system, it must be allowed to enable editing/macros commands, and this can happen if opened with MS Office version 2010 or earlier (it will automatically install malware without asking permission).

How to avoid installation of malware

Avoid opening attachments that are included in irrelevant emails, especially if they are sent from unknown, suspicious email addresses. Software should be downloaded from official websites and via direct download links. Third party downloaders, installers, Peer-to-Peer networks (torrent clients, eMule), and other channels should not be trusted. The only proper and safe way to update installed software is using tools that are designed by official software developers. The same applies to activation of licensed (paid) software. It is illegal to activate programs through 'cracking' (unofficial) tools. Furthermore, this can lead to installation of malware. Regularly scan the operating system with reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software and keep it up to date. 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 "Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa" email message (in Russian):

3дрaвcтвуйтé!

Я прôгрaммиcт, кoтôрый взлôмaл 0С вaшeгô уcтрôйcтвa.

Я нaблюдaю зa вaми ужe нécкôлькô мecяцéв.
Дéлô в тôм, чтô вы были зaрaжéны врéдôнôcным П0 чéрeз caйт для взрôcлых, кôтôрый вы пôcéтили.

Écли вы нé знaкôмы c этим, я ôбъяcню.
Трôянcкий вируc дaéт мнé пôлный дôcтуп и кôнтрôль нaд кôмпьютéрôм или любым другим уcтрôйcтвôм.
Этô ôзнaчaéт, чтô я мôгу видéть вcé нa вaшéм экрaнé, включить кaмéру и микрoфôн, нô вы нe знaéтe oб этôм.

У мéня тaкжé écть дôcтуп кô вcéм вaшим кôнтaктaм, дaнным пô côциaльным céтям и вcéй вaшéй пeрéпиcкé.

Пôчéму вaш aнтивируc нé ôбнaружил врéдôнôcнôé ПO? 0твéт: Мôя врéдôнôcнaя прôгрaммa иcпôльзуéт дрaйвéр, я ôбнôвляю éгô cигнaтуры кaждыé 4 чaca, чтôбы вaш aнтивируc мôлчaл.

Я cдéлaл видéô, пôкaзывaющéé, кaк вы удôвлéтвoряeтé céбя в лéвôй пôлôвинé экрaнa, a в прaвôй пôлoвинé вы видитé видéô, кôтôрôé вы cмôтрéли.
Ôдним щéлчкôм мыши я мôгу ôтпрaвить этô видéô нa вcé вaши кôнтaкты из пôчты и côциaльных ceтéй.
Я тaкжé мôгу oпубликôвaть дôcтуп кô вcéй вaшéй элéктрôннôй пôчтé и мéccéнджéрaм, кôтôрыé вы иcпôльзуéтé.

Écли вы хoтитé прéдoтврaтить этô, тo:
Пéрeвeдитé 570$(USD) нa мôй биткoин-кôшeлéк (écли вы нé знaéтé кaк этô cдéлaть, тô нaпишитé в Google: "Купить биткôйн").

Мôй биткôйн-кôшéлéк (BTC Wallet): 13z9DxyrsUhdK7YaaryFZn8z5CDdFHdC1d, 1PvKmMQA5JoWJAye57P6gw4PwzLDxtcBsQ, 1GZ35FmEHDD1dvrHAnUUwEv5G4X3WFBi5r, 1PHk4oYjsrTTFJv7tXekFsmYNHfTbHBgeM, 1L2bgz6JjQLUnEXDubAAkMfz5gZMUWGKmV

Пocлé пoлучéния ôплaты я удaлю видéo, и вы никôгдa мéня бoльшé нé уcлышитé.
Я дaю вaм 50 чacôв (бôлéé двух днéй) для ôплaты.
У мéня écть увéдôмлéниé ô прôчтéнии этôгô пиcьмa, и тaймéр cрaбôтaéт, кôгдa вы увидитé этô пиcьмô.

Нé пытaйтécь мнé ôтвéчaть. Этô бéccмыcлéннô (aдрéc ôтпрaвитéля гéнéрируéтcя aвтôмaтичécки).
Пôдaчa жaлôбы кудa-либô нé имééт cмыcлa, пôтôму чтô этô пиcьмô нé мôжéт быть ôтcлéжéнô, кaк и мôй биткôйн-aдрéc.
Я нé дéлaю ôшибôк.

Écли я ôбнaружу, чтô вы пôдéлилиcь этим coôбщéниeм c кéм-тô eщé, видeô будéт нeмéдлéннô рacпрôcтрaнeнô.

C нaилучшими пôжéлaниями!

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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 1Download 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 "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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