TL;DR — I've received even more emails telling me that I've been hacked. Since I still don't believe their empty threats, I'm posting their bitcoin addresses.
Since my last few posts about script-kiddies and the fake extortions they try to commit, I’ve received upwards of 50 such emails, each with a different bitcoin address, and many with slight differences in text, style, or form, but all basically the same: an email from myself (gasp) claiming that I have been hacked, that some non-descript OS or “device” I own has some magical virus installed on it, and that, if I don’t pay the hacker a ransom in bitcoin, my life will be ruined.
However, I know from past experience that these messages are little more than spam, sent out en masse in hopes that they can rope in some poor sucker who falls for this. I know most of these are bogus from the beginning because the email I use for my phone is completely unrelated to the ones that keep receiving these messages. Other times, the email will make vague references to programs I don’t even have installed, again betraying their carboon-copied nature. In truth, I have never paid ransom, even though I’ve personally received dozens of these messages, and my life has yet to be ruined by these lamers.
So, as a public service, I have included the bitcoin addresses for these fakers, in hopes that some other would-be victim finds this page (possibly through a web search), and they learn that they can ignore this BS as well:
====== BEGIN WALL OF SHAME ====== ====== UPDATED: 2022-03-17 ====== 1GjZSJnpU4AfTS8vmre6rx7eQgeMUq8VYr 18eBGkYam1wjz1S77jz3VmADuYYFzhA3vB 376XVFQ2GDHow9kBDJ49Q3vRW7TC35L2Hx 142e8SgyTLnkvwkDkNNon9jMtKY4UDvQqr 14aFMWfDdBW9FpWxu8myFsXY7Pfy9fBp5C 17qQSJatXXj5DnjMLjNGXx9BT7NUhqimRx 1JRfE57ZF8Eaqa7DktHmVCoAneA8q4fpP2 17hMTFUWqa1oHKj7PHA361qjpZoBaChTWY 15tGbgpiksnzBY1tef2LgUbJ9pZvoDjCbs 1HUHBgNHYCz9Djy9z615adkgd2NYQNMVUd 1C242L8qAXRxudv6KBAahi81GHS5wpc8cF 1GRHyZf18sQ65CdG66YCYs7vhrzUEV1HVs 1LAWGnA2K5njVSshERU9bcUSrW2YWwtXs1 1MZsUfERBoQp6PJW4Gcx9PvgH2S6WcLiyv 1PLfzxybxkTKbcxRwhRw23TxcYDJ9wsphS 13rkwLUVuWeLtnB1JdxJGo4vin15V2poS5 1Hxkqd6fib8ZrXyYj2iqQVfDxw8vjrc1aA 14qpWY7GxcimEVbPe7x6vnbV6qDaALr7Nb 1Cboy74YFQy1pLJTRrnibYfqiVo3FXv9fe 1QEkESQ8xR13P54vt8QKBHvhKjkrCBybzk 163qcNngcPxk7njkBGU3GGtxdhi74ycqzk 1GoWy5yMzh3XXBiYxLU9tKCBMgibpznGio 1Je9xULKJK191a1JV68QuMiPgHJduSpYf6 34ZQ4zk5ep53LdTdsikrKBVn2egPa7N1NA 3MmuobsivmP6SBwdX9b2X4vs8SKBrLvRFt 14DvFghvkzQujf5Kd5AL2VKjxaYm5KidxR 14tfS3yWL2cABhXVJZ97XRhuDXC69aWH6Y 1FzjogU6vMPcJAsTgc7Fw7tMu7nmwom6QD 1CHXVoouz5b8YykXr6T1t5y4rv6enPLKjS 16j8quu5c51swAN6QUdeMEcSidxD4JdtoS 19Vok4UYuig3XC9ixoASteqXUvB378qAUR 1DEjEBAsw7rLaKnKj2mthpwPDXy6f6rXMh 15iiic5PmfGvE3TyMP1JyYh1W9KxQLGQL6 1DDRvdiUZMeF9c4zjMLHWvacJYhPcbzumf 15pY2U8WBZBJRVxGhh8WRXsdkXQbMKD8k9 1FQBA6LYwjFYfSgrHTwizV6aLPUuG3cMBa 1KiY2X9tww3zDgZmuoFRvZ7ssWx1b4moC9 1H1K8MfLEJgjCCfDEkTJmv9GJjD3XzEFGR 163qcNngcPxk7njkBGU3GGtxdhi74ycqzk 3616S7LW7c4rPpoS44eAb74gVvcY1nHo2w 18js3UK28bD11rwP1RJPjZUT93z3s3s77k 1K5gLeGFrhbsKXBQQK23TPGfqrAwgqgPkC 3Npm2ipM11TYyMymJhMW3jhmMVR91fNaod 14LYbckmC9gKJ6LR1JAWaKSsCojZfURbzH 1KE1EqyKLPzLWQ3BhRz2g1MHh5nws2TRk (sic) 36QKFL786hVNqEfkPHqvu47ZvzkXrokPSK 3KAjh4JnH2eWo7yXkMMXz5Nnf4mr13RNpr 1Ji2K8EVzxDRnpuXts1kKAjMwTrV2LTnRS 18i5utJSShwVTGdtSrmi2M3XpyRBfnpdPw 3JRHity7zbykme4uriFnroxWj0VhML780lhIC9taBjdmYd5LcVIy9N1P8UeSn1F9pAYfKV59ET0RyoiJgxWucM MBV4M5vH2W519JEJ9T4yvqVhNaaYECxaTS 35xURRetkiCKCZNjWtlJ21sm3dWxmV48cKtIV1ygfJU7thXjc1r 1KVX9hCnQ9MfSoEFyxqAXGFXdTFNyzD22n 1KJ3ZrhrkXBVjGyAU635sapjLpLSFgpqYe 342yJ6g29rQQVehf1nbPX5UDquKUSKw4ev 19p63VSjmRLPNP34ASWPEixUDYhvGQxTFK 17z8ACS2tJouyxuoqEBoDDmaEZzFTzQg1Z 17cPvTgQ4vsG9D6iZqTL3JChjd8ApFYTPA 12ELWfXgRgqhtt8KenQbAfuBbAb1Rd3GJ7 19PRxthVN1P9hsXcStqc2Kp8Yy4hXyXVau 1BwDYXp1YCa2NLfGiF5Gfnkmgf61MqupHb 15KquhG7RGkyXvEVT1aXLgPt4qgBEVe8rN bc1qznsh6ahq9h05pgekemygh7mdvc4egkvfvf3ltc 19Ya5oeV6zqsHa9TSyurpeF1LpYJqm84Yv 15DMMwLTqV4RmYpJZDoNUZvzNikX1m6j4R bc1q4s9vnxa7a008rxcuus0fqk94dyc0r2z88cs6c4 ======= END WALL OF SHAME =======
Again, if you received an ominous email about your device being hacked and it uses one of these bitcoin addresses, just know that I received one of those messages, too, and I never paid. Since I’m still here, posting this, obviously none of their doomsday prophecies came to pass - no mass email to my contacts, no embarassing footage, no ruined life… and no hacked device.