Sextortion scams on the rise: Hacker threatens to release video of 82-year-old watching porn

One glitch in their threat: He's never watched porn

Steve Tawa
August 12, 2018 - 1:34 pm
Ed Eisen

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Scammers messed with the wrong guy on this one. 

A mysterious hacker contacted 82-year-old Ed Eisen saying they had video of him watching porn — but he's getting the last chuckle. 

Eisen, a longtime motivational speaker and public relations spin doctor, has had contact with luminaries ranging from Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II to boxing champ Joe Frazier.

"She threatened to release a video of me watching porn unless I paid her in Bitcoin $7,000," he said of a recent email he received.

Eisen, whose career included stints as a radio DJ, TV personality and an Inquirer/Bulletin reporter, has been married to the same woman for nearly 60 years in their Abington Township home.

"I've never been involved in porn. I've never had an inclination to even watch it," he admitted.

He assumed cyber criminals are mostly bluffing, but he said sextortion scams rely on human vulnerabilities.

"The best security practice is never reusing passwords or opening links or attachments from unknown sources," Eisen advised.

But if you're still really paranoid, he said you can always just cover up your webcam with tape.