Have You Been Pwned?

Nicholas C. Rossis

Hacked | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: Pixabay

This is an unusual topic, but it touches upon so many of us that I had to ask: have you received one of those threatening emails that claim to have hacked your computer and/or camera and recorded you pleasing yourself? They then ask for a large amount of money paid in the form of Bitcoins, in exchange for a vague promise that they won’t share the videos with your friends (as they also claim to have access to your emails and contact lists).

If so, you’re hardly alone. And, if it’s any consolation, the chances of anyone having hacked into your computer are about the same as you winning the lottery, in which case go ahead and pay to make a hacker’s day.

The Good News

First of all, no, there is no compromising video. Personally, I’ve been receiving probably a dozen of these emails each week for the…

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