If you received an email from a purported hacker who is demanding payment or else they will send compromising information
—such as pictures sexual in nature—
to all your friends and family.
And you’re searching for what to do in this frightening situation.
Contrary to the claims in your email, you haven’t been hacked
(or at least, that’s not what prompted that email).
This is merely a new variation on an old scam which is popularly being called “sextortion”.
This is a type of online phishing that is targeting people around the world and preying off digital-age fears.
The first and foremost piece of advice we have: do not pay the ransom.
JUST DELETE THE EMAIL AND YOU ARE DONE.