Nothing ever was sent out online, but I've now had to change my Facebook account name, shut down my Linked In out of fear of my work details being revealed and I'm afraid of what may arise in the future should I want to build a Linked In profile etc again.""I had the exact same thing happen to me.
One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.
The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia.
Apple's Mac OS is known to be one of the more secure operating systems out there.
However, due to its increasing popularity and expanding user base, hackers and cybercriminals are starting to victimize i Macs and Mac Books more and more.
I stressed out for a while, called the cops they said they couldn't do anything about it.
So I ended up bluffing them and said I told everyone that matters to me about the video and couldn't afford to pay them.
The Mac's built-in i Sight video camera has firmware-level protection that turns on the embedded camera's LED light whenever it's in use, even by malware.
This makes it harder for hackers to access the Mac's camera undetected since the light indicator always alerts the user whenever the camera is being used.
Since the victim expects the webcam light to be on during these video sessions, the malware could pilfer the video and audio stream without being detected.
These recordings could then be sent and filed to a remote server for whatever purpose a hacker will use them for.
"By the time he got to calling us he was basically ready to transfer them all the money he had," Brendan said.