Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Monday, Feb 4, 2019. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

Email Scam | “I’m aware that is your password”

Posted: 09:53:14, Monday, Feb 4, 2019   Expiration: 09:53:14, Sunday, Feb 24, 2019

Some of our users have been receiving email messages with the stated salutation in their email. This is a new twist of previously reported email scams that have been reported.

The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn. The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom. The new twist? The email now references a real password previously tied to the recipient’s email address.


NetID passwords provide access to multiple services. If your NetID password and/or personal email password is an old password, we recommend that you change your passwords. If some of these passwords are associated with actual websites and/or other services, you should change your password.

More tips:
1- Use long and strong passwords 
2- Get a password manager to ensure each account has a unique password
3- Turn on two-factor authentication for your important accounts

More information: 

-- Rice U: Diane Yee

Created: 16:41:43, Sunday, Feb 3, 2019 (by Diane Y.)
Updated: 10:48:23, Monday, Feb 4, 2019 (by Diane Y.)