HACKERS tricked one woman into sharing her details, before asking her to send them a sex video, threatening to leak her personal and intimate photos if she didn’t. Here the women reveals how they did it.
“I was stupid enough to give private information to ‘a friend’,” the young women said, describing how she was conned in a terrifying ordeal that saw her private pictures plastered over the web.
At 2:20 pm, while at work, the young woman, who told the story on Reddit under the username Zedevile, was messaged by someone she thought was a friend on Facebook.
However, it was really an imposter pretending to be her friend on the social media site.
“She asks me if I could vote for her in some modelling competition she’s participating in,” the woman explained.
“I said cool, send me a link. She asked me if I could be added to her group to do this, and asked if I was Apple/Android? She asked for my apple ID, then my google-circles ID (Google+?).”
After they obtained the apple ID and Google+ ID the supposed friend began to stage a panic.
She claimed that adding the victim’s email address to her group had ruined the system, saying she could only remove the victim’s email by logging in to her account. She asked for the password.
“I thought there was no harm and I would just change the password right after. It was the password to a Gmail ID I never use anyway,” the young woman wrote.
In reality, a nightmare was about to ensue.
“Within minutes, I started getting signed out of things automatically,” the victim wrote.
“My tabs began to refresh on my laptop. I had been signed out of everything: Gmail, Apple IDs, Facebook, Hotmail.
“I picked up my phone and watched in horror and it started to simply get wiped clean before my eyes, changing and disappearing.
“The b****** had put my phone in lost mode and remotely erased all my data. He also turned on activation lock so that I couldn’t get back into my phone even if I wanted to.”
The hacker had accessed the woman’s iCloud and changed her recovery phone number and all her details, including her security questions – meaning she could not verify her identity to the helpline she rang to try and address the increasingly alarming situation.
Things soon began to take a dark and deeply unpleasant turn.
“He wanted to talk to me. I created a new Facebook account and added my original account. He started a chat with me,” she wrote.
The man began to demand the young woman touch herself on webcam, or he would post intimate and private pictures of her on Facebook.
“He asked me to take my clothes off and touch myself in front of him on FaceTime. Satisfy him. Only then would he give my accounts back,” the Reddit user explained.
She begged the man to stop and offered him money, but he only wanted the woman to carry out his sick requests.
When the woman refused to carry out the actions the stranger was demanding he carried out his threat and change the woman’s Facebook profile picture to a private and intimate photo.
Eventually the woman’s account was restored by Facebook and she regained control, but not before a number of people had seen aspects of the Reddit user’s life never intended for public consumption.
“When I got back on my Facebook, I saw he had messaged another 20-25 girls from my profile pretending to be me,” the woman said.
“He tricked another friend and she lost everything too. He nearly tricked another but she was a bit smarter. Thank goodness.”
The woman had a word of warning: “Do not ever give your personal info away, even to a close friend or loved one.
“The only thing I can do is tell people about my experience and warn them to protect themselves. Activate two-step for all your email accounts!”