University of Central Florida warns of 'sextortion' email scam

Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 25, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Officials at the University of Central Florida say an email "sextortion" scam is targeting university accounts.

The Orlando Sentinel reports the emails claim to have video of users watching "adult sites" and demanding $900 if they don't want the video shared with all of their contacts.

The university tweeted about the email scam on Thursday, asking anyone who has been targeted to report it.

The email involves someone nicknamed "darknet" who claims to have hacked into the computer, copying all the contacts and using a web-cam to record the videos the user has watched.

The email warned the hacker "was most struck by the adult sites you occasionally visit" and says "you have a very wild imagination." It then says $900 is "quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created."