Re: My latest batch of...
I got a few of those. I thought that they were really funny as:
1 the only machine I use which has a camera built in is my laptop, which I use exclusively for business, not cruising for le pr0n. The desktop machines might have a USB camera attached, but only when I'm about to use it for something like a video call or some such. The camera is usually unplugged when not in use, and I just have the one camera which moves around as necessary. It's _impossible_ for _anyone_ to have video of me watching le pr0n.
2 the email address and password in question was a throw-away Yahoo account, which hasn't been used in five years. And which was set up to be used on places where I didn't want to use a valuable account. (Like, oh, El Reg. I use a different throw-away account here. I've got plenty.) I suspect that the Yahoo account was one of the x billion accounts revealed upon the world in the Great Yahoo Hack. I don't care. I do find it funny that I had three throw-away Yahoo accounts, but only one is ever referenced in these kind of attempted extortion. It's as if the twits are too lazy to dig all the way down to the bottom of the admittedly big pile of leached Yahoo accounts.
3 because that was a throw-away email address, the only items in the contacts list are places that I don't care about. Even if they did have real pix/vids/whatever, they could send 'em to those places and I simply wouldn't give a damn. If, for example, someone sent some p0rn-watching vids to El Reg, I'm pretty sure that the only reaction would be envy. (Hint: I don't usually watch p0rn alone...) Now, SWMBO might be a tad upset. As she has been known to state (accurately) that she is somewhat to the right of that pinko commiesimp Genghis Khan, who was much too soft and needed to be shown how to really make his enemies pay, (now you know why she must be obeyed. And why le p0rn-watching is what _she_ likes...) this might not be the best idea. Just a thought.
All-in-all, those little notes are excellent sources of amusement.