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Hackers using porn as bait for online scams to steal money, private info

February 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Hackers using porn as bait for online scams to steal money, private info

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Porn is being utilized by hackers as bait for schemes intended to steal money and private information from internet users.

Cybersecurity specialists revealed that criminals are “using porn as a lure” to put viruses onto people’s computers or to deceive them into handing over money.

Internet security expert Kaspersky has released a detailed report that discovered over 300,000 examples of porn-themed attacks last year alone, according to Fox News.

These scams attempted to attack over 50,000 computers around the globe, often to hack premium accounts for porn sites to sell on the dark web.

Kaspersky revealed that because porn is “turning into mainstream entertainment,” it is feeding a sharp increase in the number of scams online.

One scam included getting users who are “searching for porn” to click on a link that presents a phony warning about how their computer is infected.

The message asks the user to contact what appears to be Microsoft’s technical support service to get rid of the virus, stating that the phone-line is toll-free “but that is not always the case.”

This number usually connects the victim to a scammer, who “uses social engineering to get personal or banking data.”

Another scam simulates sex dating services, asking users to enter their credit card details – which are then stolen by hackers.

Some schemes involve “scareware,” where a device’s screen is locked with a message saying that “illegal content (e.g., child porn) has been detected”. Users are then told to pay up for a ransom.

The cybersecurity experts also revealed six trojans that “have been hiding in porn apps and video players, stealing users’ data and money by the second.”

Kaspersky added that porn users are especially at risk because they’re not likely to report the crime: “They would have to admit they were watching porn.”

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