“What is worrying is that, scammers were able to siphon off [$500,000], from old passwords dumps, with very little effort.”Furthermore, according to Motherboard:
“Banbreach looked at around 770 wallets in total, according to a spreadsheet the company shared with Motherboard. The majority of those, around 540, did not receive any funds. But the remaining ~230 had over 1,000 transactions, receiving a total of around 70.8 BTC. This figure is also likely only a conservative estimate, considering Banbreach’s methodology would not have captured all, or perhaps even the majority, of sextortion emails. Kar said Banbreach collected different bitcoin addresses used in this style of extortion by scraping comments on related media coverage, and picking them out from journalists’ articles. Kar said the company also fielded reports from victims in India, where scammers appear to be targeting at the moment in particular.”See the full story for yourself, here. This is a part of a new wave of scams that is hitting inboxes all over the world. In order to avoid being caught out, don’t click and links in the emails and try not to open them when possible, simply just ignore them and delete them.