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My company sends out this Culture Assessment survey so employees "voices can be heard".
I keep reading the email:
"Please *do not* forward this email to other individuals. The survey link is unique to your Business Group, project, and certain demographics, and therefore should be completed with only your responses."
So, some of you may already know, that my email address got leaked a while ago. And as I sometimes like to do, I had a look at my spam folder (as there is sometimes interesting stuff in there.) And there was! Its an odd mail by some "anonymus hacker" as he called himself. He demanded that I pay him 2$ within 48h in order for him not to leak my "nudes". I knew it was fake from the start as I dont have any and a hacker would surely send some proof, that he has something against me. But he didnt. Also if he asks for only 2$ it feels like this was an automated email and he is trying to fraud multiple ppl at once. Well, about a week from that mail he sends a warning mail with about the same contents. Just from a diffrent address.
What got me more suspicious is, that he wrote in the first one, that he knows when I open the email. So this mean, that he should not have sent a warning knowing I havent read the first email.
And in the grand finale we have his third email. (Also a diffrent address) His grammar got a lot worse with this one.
The email consists of him cussing at me, calling me all sorts of things and now demanding
5'000$ till next friday for basically the same thing. Not leaking nonexisting nudes.
The thing that gave him away the most was this line: Nice car you there are. Would be a lot nicer if you would put a "I had my nudes leaked" sticker on it.
Thing is, I dont own a car! I use public transport.
Here is my idea behind him:
He bought a leaked database from the darknet for cheap. Messaged anyone this standard letter that he knew speaks german. (Probably also said in the db.) This gives away the next clue. He must speak german in some way. Next thing i looked at were the domains. someNameSomeNumber@smth.smth.xyz or .top
After looking these up. You can buy .xyz or .top domains for literally less than a dollar a piece. Probably bought a bunch and uses them now to send out spam like this maybe with tor for anonymity. (I havent confirmed this one so far!)
Here are his adresses in case anyone wants to dig:
I can maybe provide some more info if you need it. Just keep me informed in case you find something! :)3