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Joined: September 20, 2012
KitMaker: 102 posts
AeroScale: 3 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 03:55 AM UTC
Administrator: My password for this site has just been sent to me with a blackmail demand regarding material which I know cannot exist. Password duly changed. This is the second time.
Staff MemberTOS Moderator
Stockholm, Sweden
Joined: November 29, 2006
KitMaker: 5,925 posts
AeroScale: 19 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 04:01 AM UTC
They keep on trying. Passwords have leaked from many sites, Kitmaker is one of them.
The scammers still make a profit if they send out scam attempts to 10000 e-mail addresses and only one or two of those recipients fall for it and pay up. Practically zero cost for the e-mails and any cash received is pure profit.

Just make sure that you do not reuse passwords between sites.
/ Robin
Staff MemberEditor-in-Chief
England - South West, United Kingdom
Joined: May 14, 2006
KitMaker: 10,884 posts
AeroScale: 283 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 04:16 AM UTC
John I have been sent over 50 of these demands so far and it is a scam that UK police are investigating at this time. As I understand it they get your password by running the encrypted password through software that eventually decodes it. They are not interested in your password it is just an attempt to extort money from you. I have been told to use a mix of upper and lower case letters along with numbers and symbols to help reduce the this occurring.
Staff MemberCampaigns Administrator
Scotland, United Kingdom
Joined: June 08, 2015
KitMaker: 1,287 posts
AeroScale: 165 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC
John, i would also add: stay away from things that can be associated with you when you choose your password such as names and dates (birthdays etc) and make the password longer than 8 digits, the longer the better.

also do not rely on google to remember you password as there is an easy way for you to track down passwords yourself on chrome and if someone is using remote viewing software then they too can access that option.

also if you have a webcam, have something that you can cover it( an old winter sock, something thick that can not bee seen through) with as remote viewing can be accessed without you knowing about it.

hope this helps
Staff MemberPublisher
New Hampshire, United States
Joined: December 15, 2001
KitMaker: 12,468 posts
AeroScale: 506 posts
Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 06:35 AM UTC
This has pretty much been answered above, but just so you know if they have backwards decoded your password twice then you really should (for ALL sites, not just this one) think about using more secure passwords. Of course since KitMaker stores nothing like credit card data or other personal info you can use whatever password you'd like.

My passwords these days tend to look something like this:


And yes I have to save them somewhere securely to get at them when I need them. Remember this is a problem on the ENTIRE Internet, not just here. This is why pretty much all sites that do have valuable personal data are switching to dual login types of systems (where they text you to put in codes, etc.).