The “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your computer or phone is infected with malware and then threatens to make your personal data public. Contrary to the claims in the email, you haven’t been hacked (or at least, that’s not what prompted this email) and this is nothing more than a scam that tries to trick you into sending Bitcoins to these scammers. This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion”.
This is the text of the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” blackmail email, including the grammatical and spelling errors:
I am a professional coder and I hacked your device’s OS when you visited adult website. I’ve been watching your activity for a couple of months. If you don’t understand what I am talking about I can explain… My trojan malware lets me get access to my victim’s system. It is multiplatform software with hVNC that can be installed on phones, PC and even TV OS… It doesn’t have any AV’s detects because it is encrypted and can’t be detected becaause I update it’s signatures every 4 hour. I can turn on your camera, save your logs and do everything that I want and you won’t notice anything. Now I have all your contacts, sm data and all logs from chats for the latest 2 months but it is not very useful without something that can spoil your reputation… I recorded your masturbation and the video that you watched. It was disgusting. I can destroy your life by sending this stuff to everybody you know. If you want me to delete this stuff and avoid any problems you have to send $1000 to my bitcoin address: 121UeS1333eASSE6MLHUqV2XiE2pTQ1Prt If you don’t know how to buy bitcoins use Google, there are a lot of manuals about using, spending and buying this cryptocurrency. You have 50 hours from now to complete the payment. I have a notification that you are reading this message… TIME HAS GONE.
Don’t try to respond because this email address is generated. Don’t try to complain because this and my bitcoin address can’t be tracked down. If I notice that you shared this message everybody will receive your data.
The above email and anything it state is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom. If you have received the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email, we recommend to delete it and under no circumstances send any money to these cybercriminals.
Is the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email real?
No, and don’t panic. The “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email is a scam that tries to trick you into thinking that your device or email has been hacked, then demands payment or else they will send compromising information -such as images of you captured through your web camera or your pornographic browsing history – to all your friends and family. And in classic ransomware fashion, there’s typically a ticking clock. Giving users a short time limit to deliver the payment is social engineering at its finest.
Threats, intimidation, and high-pressure tactics are classic signs of a scam.
As you can imagine, the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” extortion email and anything it states is just a scam to try and scare you into paying the ransom.
They have my password! How did they get my password?
To make the threats more credible, the scammers may include one of your passwords in this email. The scammers have your password from sites that were hacked, and in this case, likely matched up to a database of emails and stolen passwords and sent this scam out to potentially millions of people. You can check if your email or password was compromised in a data breach on Haveibeenpwned.
If the password emailed to you is one that you still use, in any context whatsoever, stop using it and change it NOW. It’s also recommended that you enable two-factor authentication for your email and online accounts whenever that is an option.
Should I pay the ransom?
You should not pay the ransom. If you pay the ransom, you’re not only losing money but you’re encouraging the scammers to continue phishing other people.
Delete the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email, and under no circumstances pay these cybercriminals a penny/dime/bitcoin.
What should I do now?
We recommend that you ignore the content of the “I am a professional coder and I hacked your device” email and delete it from your Inbox. However, if you have downloaded any attachments or clicked on any links from this email, or if you suspect that your computer might be infected with malware, you can follow the below guide to and scan your device for malware and remove it for free.
Depending on which operating system is installed on the device you want to scan for malicious programs, follow the removal guide.
- Scan and remove malware from Windows
- Scan and remove malware from Mac
- Scan and remove malware from Android