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Chrysalis

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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #15 on: October 25, 2018, 09:27:01 AM »

yeah i had a few of those emails is funny
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2018, 06:16:34 PM »

I got the scam email with the password included, it was even listed in the subject header.

The strange part of this is that the email in question isn't on any of the pwned sites, which I find interesting as its my oldest email account which I got with pipex.

The password isn't one I've used to login anywhere in the recent years so it must be a small password leak from some place.
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2018, 11:17:37 PM »

Yes I notice that they have now started to include the password in the subject header.

One of the places that I can trace this back to is the Medion (Aldi) forums, which I have not used for >7yrs.  Therefore I suspect they are obtaining details of hacked databases from long ago in an attempt to scare people.

I've also just realised within the past few days, that one of the other addresses relates to an email address that I set up for a very close friend of mine who died in Nov 2003, so they are using some very old databases.
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2018, 12:16:27 AM »

Also the problem that as recently as 7 or 8 years ago, folks who really should have known better, were handling, storing and sharing passwords, unencrypted and in plain text.

Dredging through my inbox, searching for occurrences of “password” I find an email from PC World, 2011, after I’d followed their “forgotten password” procedure.   Their email confirms I have changed my password, and states the new password, in plain text, in an unencrypted email.  ::)

Another problem is (or might be) that people don’t properly destroy disk drives, before dumping them.   An HDD is a treasure trove of cached browser passwords, which are always unencrypted despite appearance of asterisks blanking (unless the disk itself is encrypted).   Further, there is the contents of any swap partition, deleted files, etc.     This is one reason I prefer magnetic disks over solid state, the former are so much easier to convincingly trash with a great big hammer and nail, after zero filling. ::)
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2018, 02:17:30 AM »

I also burn stuff that needs to be disposed of. Things go straight into the big stove.
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2018, 12:03:06 PM »

One of the places that I can trace this back to is the Medion (Aldi) forums, which I have not used for >7yrs.  Therefore I suspect they are obtaining details of hacked databases from long ago in an attempt to scare people.

I've also just realised within the past few days, that one of the other addresses relates to an email address that I set up for a very close friend of mine who died in Nov 2003, so they are using some very old databases.
I've had five or six of these in the past week, all addressed to a Plusnet alias I used only once, with a unique password, to order some plants from Urban Jungle - in 2010.
« Last Edit: November 11, 2018, 04:54:17 PM by 4candles »
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2018, 02:44:10 PM »

I'm not that educated about bitcoin wallets. But is it possible to trace the bitcoin code that these emails give out to a bitcoin account?

I'm thinking that even if we never found out the identity of the person('s) it might be possible to make it as inconvinient as possible for them by keep closing their bitcoin accounts down?
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Re: Nasty scam
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2018, 11:20:08 PM »

 :hmm: All quiet since I deleted the Plusnet alias mentioned on 11/11, but a variant received today - with increased demand.
No mention of passwords this time, but slightly concerning as it's addressed to an alias which has never been spammed before, and is used solely for the Kitz forum.  ???
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