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I am receiving  threatening emails from my own email account demanding money to be paid into a bitcoin account. Why is your malware software not picking this up? How do I resolve this. Is there a trojan or some other infection on my computer?

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7 minutes ago, Query123 said:

 Why is your malware software not picking this up? How do I resolve this. Is there a trojan or some other infection on my computer?

Because it is not malware.

This is purely a scam and they send those emails out en masse hoping one or two bite at the bait.  

Just delete the email and then change your email password to a new Strong Password just to make sure.

Additionally, you can enter your email address(es) in the following site and it will check to see if that email address was part of a known breach.

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Please reference:
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MyOnlinesecurity - attempted-blackmail-scam-watching-porn
BleepingComputers - Beware of Extortion Scams Stating They Have Video of You on Adult Sites
Malwarebytes' Blog - Sextortion emails: They’re probably not watching you
Malwarebytes Forum sample thread - Got strange threating email.

 

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It means that 2 sites with your email hacked. So you must change your password in these 2 sites for peace of mind.

Also u have better to change your password if you have use the same in another sites also.

 

 

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Not trying to hijack, just curious... what if the hacks listed don't involve any entity I've had any direct dealings with. Aside from the long ago Linked In beach, they all SEEM to be third party data collectors (in my case) & e-mail passwords are regularly changed. How would one determine what direct affiliation leaked info to the 'collectors'? Possibly an address in someone's address book/email distribution list alone led to an appearance in breach data?

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The entity may have bought, bartered and/or traded the data and they were subsequently hacked.

For example the SpamLists.

 

 

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