A group of hackers has found a new way to extort large sums of money from scared internet users.
To demonstrate their capability, the hackers used social media to reveal to the targeted user examples of the information that they claimed had been recorded.
The group claimed that they’d infected the targeted user’s computer with malware, giving them the ability to collect and reveal the porn sites accessed by the user.
In order to prevent the potentially compromising information being released publicly, the victims were forced to make a Bitcoin payment to the hackers.
In an interview with the canadian broadcaster CBC, David Fraser, a privacy lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, talks about the unhelpful response by authorities — effectively telling the victims that it was their own fault.
Fraser says that victim blaming doesn’t work, and compares it to abstinence-only sexual education — “All you’re doing is making people feel worse…” he explains. This leads to many of cases of ‘sextortion’ going unreported due to the inability of police and other authorities to deal with the sensitive nature of these crimes.
How can you protect yourself?
ESET — one of the largest IT security companies in the world — assures internet users that the recent attack was nothing more than a scam and that the attackers had no personal videos from the victims.
The attackers simply used email accounts, passwords, and other personal data that was made public through recent attacks on big companies such as LinkedIn, Adobe, and Yahoo.
To help users protect themselves from future attacks, the IT security company provides the following tips:
- Change your passwords regularly.
- Opt for strong passwords.
- Keep all your devices updated.
- If possible, use multi-factor or two-step verification.
Interpol’s website advises victims of sextortion to cease all contact with the perpetrator and report the case to the local police, online provider and, in case it occurs via a social network, also alert the administrator. You are also advised to never pay the demanded amount.
Who’s down for some CommuniTEA?
Impulse London is spilling the tea live this evening
CommuniTEA invites 12 members of the London’s LGBTQ to have (and spill) some tea on 5 major topics: consent, sex, drugs, mental wellbeing and community.
The event, organised by Impulse London, will happen this evening at the Shoreditch Treehouse in London.
From 8:30pm (London Time), you will be able to join the live Q&A on Impulse London’s Facebook page. We will also share the live stream below and on our social media so you don’t miss a thing.
Meet the panel
Crowned Mr Gay England 2018, he has been using this platform to spread the message of #HIVDoesntDefineYou. Pear Mentor and Leader at Positive East as a Peer Mentor.
International Performance and Circus Artist
Actor/Model/ Spoken Word Artist & Transgender Activist
Activist , member at Stonewall
Freelance writer, has worked for Attitude, Gay Times & Vogue
Gay men’s wellbeing champion and Chemsex Specialist
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