Remove "This account was recently infected" Scam
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Remove “This account was recently infected” Scam

The “This account was recently infected” scam has just emerged inside an email, suggesting that a person changed your password at some website (usually an email address provider). This is the typical scam trying to scare people that their e-mail account got breached and that its password is now in the hands of an experienced hacker. People receiving the message are demanded to pay a ransom fee in Bitcoin (the sum varying around 1000 US dollars). Do not pay the money in any case as that will not help you. See what you must do in case you are truly breached, but know that this is most likely a scam email.

Threat Summary

NameThis account was recently infected
TypeEmail Scam Message
Short DescriptionA scam that tries to scare you into paying a ransom fee for a supposed breach of your email account credentials.
SymptomsYou receive an email message that tries to trick you into thinking that your email account got compromised, plus that your password is leaked and exposed to hackers.
Distribution MethodEmail Spam Messages, Suspicious Sites
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“This account was recently infected” Scam – Distribution

The “This account was recently infected” scam is mainly distributed through e-mail messages that may even be filtered as spam by email providers by now. It could also be using targeted attacks to aim for a bigger payout by companies or rich people. Different distribution tactics may exist, too. For instance, there are mentions of the “This account was recently infected” scam over Facebook, and the scareware tactics and doxing may be successful there, just as well.

In case your computer was truly compromised, a payload file that downloads a Trojan horse or some kind of a RAT may have been triggerred by a malicious website or redirect.

Freeware which is found on the Web can be presented as helpful also be hiding the malicious script for the scam message to appear. Refrain from opening files right after you have downloaded them. You should first scan them with a security tool, while also checking their size and signatures for anything that seems out of the ordinary. You should read the tips for preventing ransomware located at the corresponding forum thread.

“This account was recently infected” Scam – Insight

The “This account was recently infected” scam is a hot topic all over the Internet, be it news websites or social networks such as Facebook. The message is sent over email and is a scareware tye that relies on social engineering. The extortionists want you to pay them for a supposed security breach that supposedly landed them your email account password.

The email message looks like the following:

The full scam message reads:

This account was recently infected! Renew the pswd right this moment!
You probably do not know me me and you really are most probably interested for what reason you are reading this particular email, right?
I am a hacker who exploited your email and system several months ago.
Do not waste your time and try out to msg me or alternatively seek for me, it is definitely not possible, because I forwarded you a letter using YOUR hacked account.
I have developed malware software on the adult yids (porno) site and guess you have enjoyed this website to enjoy it (you realize what I mean).
When you were keeping an eye on videos, your browser began operating as a RDP (Remote Control) that have a keylogger which provided me the ability to access your monitor and camera.
After that, my software program acquired all data.
You entered passcodes on the web services you visited, I caught all of them.
Needless to say, you can change them, or already changed them.
Even so it doesn’t matter, my program updates information regularly.
What actually I have done?
I compiled a reserve copy of the device. Of all files and contact lists.
I got a dual-screen movie. The 1st screen displays the film you were watching (you have an interesting preferences, wow…), the second part shows the tape from your webcam.
What do you have to do?
So, in my opinion, 1000 USD is a good amount of money for our little riddle. You will do the deposit by bitcoins (if you don’t know this, go searching “how to buy bitcoin” in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:

1K2ZICs6cjPmgIcKhedazUezUrMg13ME2Kik

(It is cAsE sensitive, so just copy and paste it).
Attention:
You have only 48 hours to make the payment. (I have an exclusive pixel to this letter, and right now I know that you’ve read this email).
To monitorthe reading of a message and the activity in it, I uses Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (That which is applied for the authorities can help us.)
If I do not get bitcoins, I shall certainly send your recording to each of your contacts, along with family members, co-workers, etc?

Other versions may be prevalent on the web with a text stating “

"I'm a programmer who cracked your email" is a scam message that appears as an email. It is also known as "Bitcoin Email Scam" or "Bitcoin Email Virus".
I’m a programmer who cracked your email “.

There are a number of possibilities, but in most cases this is an absolute scam. You should ignore it. Do not reply to it. Do not pay the cybercriminals behind it. Change your email password, but first make sure your computer is clean from viruses. Also, check if you are changing it from the real URL address of your email provider and not a phishing page.

The list below consists of Bitcoin addresses which are given by the criminals for paying the ransom. The scam may have different names dubbed on these Bitcoin addresses as you can see below:

  • 1K2ZICs6cjPmgIcKhedazUezUrMg13ME2Kik Bitcoin Email Scam

You are demanded to pay “1000 US dollars” to allegedly not spread your personal pictures and files to family and friends. However, you should NOT under any circumstances pay any ransom sum. No guarantee exists that your “data” is not going to be leaked even if you pay. This is known as doxing – an extortion involving the threat of releasing personal information, photos or videos which might be embarrassing or otherwise unwanted by the person being extorted. Adding to all of this, giving money to cybercriminals will most likely motivate them to create more ransomware scams, “viruses” or commit different criminal activities. That may even result to the criminals wanting more money after payment.

Be certain that even if one of your older passwords got leaked from a data breach, the message is automated and you should be safe. If you have any accounts still using that password, make sure to change them and make sure you use a different password for each account. If you can, enable two-factor authentication on the accounts. Stay safe and carefully observe what is happening with your accounts. Use longer and more complex passwords, so they are harder to be cracked via brute-force.

Remove “This account was recently infected” Scam

To remove the This account was recently infected scam you should simply delete the email message. However, if you are truly breached and you recognize any of the listed passwords, you should see the step-by-step removal instructions provided below. In case you can not get rid of files related to the scam or find out other malicious ones, you should search for and remove any leftover malware pieces with an advanced anti-malware tool. Software like that will keep your system secure in the future.

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov

Tsetso Mihailov is a tech-geek and loves everything that is tech-related, while observing the latest news surrounding technologies. He has worked in IT before, as a system administrator and a computer repair technician. Dealing with malware since his teens, he is determined to spread word about the latest threats revolving around computer security.

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