Adam Engst on a new trend in email spam.
You open your inbox and see a message labeled “Change your password immediately. Your account has been hacked.” Inside, the email contains what it claims is one of your passwords, a threat, and a demand for money. The password is indeed one you’ve used in the past—how did the hacker get it? Could you really have been infected with malware?
As always, it depends. I’ve received dozens of these and most are poorly written and have little kin to the reality of the email accounts that were breached. I use plenty of email aliases– an email address for a single, specific website login, and those show up on the email spam lists, too.
Lots of hacking going on out there. Be safe.