‘Sextortion’ campaign targets users of Google Nest smart camera
Owners of Google’s Nest smart home camera are being targeted in a ‘sextortion’ campaign that threatens to leak compromising footage if a ransom is not paid.
The perpetrators claim to have footage of the victim having sex, obtained through Google’s indoor camera, which lets homeowners keep tabs on their houses remotely via their smartphones.
The scammers then threaten to upload the footage to porn sites within a week if the victim doesn’t pay 500 euros (£428) in Bitcoin.
The campaign was detected by cyber security company Mimecast, which has gone on to trace almost 1,700 sextortion emails, mainly directed at people in the US.
Mimecast told MailOnline that scammers don’t have any compromising footage obtained from Nest devices, and that they are merely ‘praying on people’s fears’ about the vulnerability of smart devices to steal money.
Google’s nest camera was found to contain several vulnerabilities that opened the camera up to attack and ‘complete takeover.’
HOW DOES THE GOOGLE NEST ‘SEXTORTION’ SCAM WORK?
Victims receive an initial email saying ‘we have nude videos of you’.
It then gives an email username and password for the victim to log in to…