I decided to just write a post about a series of tweets. I already noted that this morning I received a spam email perpetrating as PlayStation, which is weird because I just changed my email information to this site’s email address a few days ago. It got me thinking that either PlayStation has a leaky system or whoever emailed me got it some other way. Since it’s public I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to find it.
Uh oh! Looks like we gotta J.P. Spamley over here @PlayStation @AskPlayStation.
But, the email was vaguely familiar to another scam email I got months back, like the people who sent it got their trick from watching Black Mirror’s Shut Up and Dance episode. I was already alert about these things since then because it tripped me out. Reason being is I just watched that episode before getting that email (there was time between the two of course) so I already knew it was fishy when I saw it.
And to make it clear, the email is fake and aimed to extort random people who are gullible enough to send bitcoin to strangers for a fake threat. How I know its fake? Because it’s a copy and paste job that many have received, so either this perp is catching a bunch of people looking at porn sites and jacking it or it’s the obvious, a fake.
It was a bunch of people who got that scam email too. Crazy, right? https://t.co/C8NxNx4izu
But I bring it up mostly because I’m betting there are people who responded much like those people in the Black Mirror episode. Why else would there be multiple incidences of this happening if there wasn’t any? And this is where I wanna get into the film I tweeted out. It delves into similar themes. Manipulation, fake threats, extortion, compliance, etc.
All of this got me thinking about this film I watched a few weeks ago cause it’s related. A wild one too! Called Compliance (it ain’t for the faint at heart frfr). It’s based on true events and that’s what’s wild about it.
Tubi has it up free to watch.
It was one helluva film and one that I couldn’t believe actually happened. Turns out it did multiple of times. And that adds to what I was saying earlier about people who may have responded to those emails. Because when I got it I laughed thinking it was a joke, and it was, but the scary part though was who are these people (or bots)?
Who are these random people sending out mass emails attempting to game somebody who’ll obey because there’s an alleged video of them that somebody recorded by hacking their webcam? It’s all humor no doubt as it reads like fiction, but I’m a pro-privacy so when I’m the one getting these things, then I’m automatically thinking it’s nefarious. I just hope no one is gullible enough to buy into them because they’re more common than I thought.
As a rule, if you receive any suspicious email, then don’t reply (unless you’re looking to reveal the sender address) and delete it if you will. Don’t click on any links neither because that’s what a few emails I received (one claiming to be from Apple and PlayStation) had.
They tried to play me like my name was John Podesta.
Other than that, report everything else you can to the proper authorities and if the emails are claiming to come from a company, then let them know because they might take action themselves.
So I went searching and found an EFF article on this exact issue, and they said, “It’s hard to say how much the scammers have received in total at this point since they appear to be using different bitcoin addresses for each attack, but it’s clear that at least some people are already falling for this scam.”
Updated Jan 23rd 2019 to include latest variations on this scam. You may have arrived at this post because you received an email from a purported hacker who is demanding payment or else they will send compromising information-such as pictures sexual in nature-to all your friends and family. You’re…
So it seems people have responded to these threats. Unbelievable!