"Your local network has been compromised" email scam removal guide
What is the "Your local network has been compromised" email?
"Your local network has been compromised" is a deceptive email, using the sextortion scam model. The message claims that recipients' devices have been infected with spyware, which has obtained compromising content when pornography websites were supposedly visited. These alleged videos are held for ransom, which if not paid, will apparently lead to the recordings being sent to the recipients' contacts. In fact, "Your local network has been compromised" emails are simply scams - systems are not infected with malware nor has any private content been acquired by the senders. Therefore, these emails must simply be disregarded.
The emails with the subject "Very very important" state that the recipients' local networks were compromised and the sender was supposedly able to gain access to their devices and record them while they were viewing adult content. This infection apparently occurred due to a vulnerability in the internet router, which allowed additional code to be inserted. The malware was activated When an adult-themed site was accessed. The malicious program supposedly operates by recording audio and video, and extracting recipients' contacts such as telephone numbers, email addresses, and social media friend lists. This malware can affect various devices: computers, tablets and smartphones. The messages falsely claim that this infection was not detected by any anti-virus software, since the malicious program was designed to monitor (spy), which they suggest is not malicious behavior. To disguise the scam, the criminals inform recipients that the malware is no longer present within the system. This statement is an attempt to hide the fact that the device had not been infected in the first place, so even if users attempt to scan their systems and find no traces of such programs, they would not be immediately convinced that the email is a scam. The messages then go on to demand $500 (USD) in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, otherwise the obtained material will be sent to the collected contacts. Additionally, the scammers claim to be sure that the recipients are able pay this sum, as the fake malware apparently also checked their bank account balances. The ransom must be paid within 72 hours, otherwise the videos will be sent to the users' family, friends, coworkers, superiors, etc. If the payment is made, the recordings are deleted and the sender promises not to bother the recipient again. Note that "Your local network has been compromised" emails are scams and the threats they make cannot be carried out.
|Name||Your Local Network Has Been Compromised Email Scam.|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.|
|Fake Claim||Emails claim compromising content of the recipient has been recorded.|
|Ransom Amount||$500 USD in the Bitcoin cryptocurrency.|
|Cyber Criminal Cryptowallet Address||1HZ6QJD4pBuxhQa8shRn4Mzstw2XM9KmVe (Bitcoin).|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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Deceptive emails are sent by the thousand, during large scale operations called "spam campaigns". "I infected your computer with my private trojan", "Я Прôгрaммиcт, Кoтôрый Взлôмaл 0с Вaшeгô Уcтрôйcтвa", "I KNOW YOU OPENED MY LAST MAIL" and "You have 46 Hours in order to make the payment" are some examples of other sextortion spam campaigns. This is hardly the only popular model. The emails can have various disguises and likewise claim, request or demand different things. They are typically presented as "important", "urgent", "official" and similar. These messages are also used to proliferate Trojans, ransomware and other malware. Regardless of their purpose, the purpose is the same: to generate revenue for the scammers/cyber criminals behind them.
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
How to avoid installation of malware
You are strongly advised against opening suspicious or irrelevant emails, especially those with any attachments or links found in them, as this can lead to high-risk system infection. Additionally, use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010. Spam campaigns are not the only method used for malware distribution. Malicious content is also proliferated through untrusted download channels (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders), illegal activation tools ("cracks") and bogus updaters. Therefore, it is important to download from official/verified sources, and activate and update products with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers. Have a reputable anti-virus suite installed. This software must be kept up to date, used to run regular system scans, and remove detected threats and issues. 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 "Your local network has been compromised" email message:
Subject: Very very important
Your local network has been compromised and I was able to get access and record you while you MSATURBATE on P O R N. The internet router had a vulnerability and allowed me to get in and place some code that was activated everytime a device connected on your network was visiting 18+ content. My code had some specific functions including recording with any camera available on any device, computer, smartphone, tablet and to collect your contacts lists, phone numbers, emails, and friends on social media accounts.
Now, maybe you ask... why your anti virus was no able to detect this. Well, my stuff was designed to not steal passwords, bank accounts, PINs, this kind of activity is seen by any protection software as malicious. So, my thing was able only to record video + audio in hidden mode and grabbing contacts information which do not trigger any protection software because this activity is looking normal.
To get rid of my stuff from your local network you had to restart any device that was connected on your network, so the code will dump from RAM memory on reboot. The router was already secured by the manufacture and I lost access on it a few days ago which means my code will not run again.
So, in order to not send the video to your contacts with you doing, you know what... Well, you have to pay 500 $ worth in BlT-COIN. I'm well aware that you have the money because I seen your balance. This was the second function of my code, to look for balances.
BTC Amount (approximately): 0.055
My Address Part1: 1HZ6QJD4pBuxhQa8shRn4Mzst
My Address Part2: w2XM9KmVe
Important! The address was split in 2 parts, you have to manually copy and paste Part1+Part2 and that is actually my final address where you can send the coins. Also you can search on Google for Paxful, there you can get the coins very easy. Once the coins are sent, the video with you will be deleted and you will never hear from me again. You have 3 days, (72 hours).
Also, my advice is to stop watching this kind of content, is messing with your brain. We live in this society and from you ages men are teach to worship women, which is the wrong move. See this got you in this position to seek and look for this type of content. Now I'm now saying to treat women bad, hell no! What I'm trying to say is, the more you ignore women and you focus on other important things, the more they will chase you... women do feel when a male is beta. Watching this type of content is beta.
Stop this addiction and replace it with something beneficial like gym, eat healthier, learn a something new. Remember, the more you ignore women and you do not worship them, the more they will chase you.
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- What is "Your local network has been compromised Email Scam"?
- STEP 1. Manual removal of possible malware infections.
- STEP 2. Check if your computer is clean.
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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check 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".
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.
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.