Sextortion scams are a security expert has warned

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Sextortion is when you see an increase after a short break at the beginning of the year.

After relative inactivity over the last couple of months, sextortion scams, and be back on the radar”, according to Internet security firm Malwarebytes.

The basic template for the development scheme has not been changed. It’s going to be something like this: Your account has been compromised, and we have video proof of that, you have to look at sexual content on the porn sites. Now, we will require immediate payment in Bitcoin, or we will release the video to the public.


The extortionists often claim that they have a “special tool” on a porn site, and is followed by the target to access sexual content. They will be able to claim that they have gained access to the victim’s desktop, and a web camera.

They also have a variety of ways to keep the pressure on unsuspecting victims. In one scheme, marked by the Malwarebytes, and the extortionist will give the victim two days to make a payment into the Bitcoin equivalent of $1,000. To be the bad guy, who claims to have been in the control of the victim, to resort to tricks, such as saying that they are using Facebook Pixel code, for the collection of user interaction on web sites for advertising purposes – in order to verify that the child’s best interests.

Extortionists have been able to convince the victims that they were the property of those with a victim of breached credentials such as user names, passwords, and addresses are obtained from the Dark Web, this is a course in the dark art of blackmail, using the DIY steaming of the guides, according to a new report from the Digital Shadows, a uk-based cyber security firm.

It’s all about the money

There was a surge in the Internet’s case of extortion, in 2018. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received 51,146 extortion-related symptoms, with an adjusted loss of $83 million, which equates to a total of 242 per cent increase in the extortion-related complaints by 2017, according to the FBI, 2018, with the Internet Crime Report.


Between July 2018 and February 2019, Digital Shadow, was analyzed in a sample of sextortion, e-mail, in which 89,000 addresses received over 790,000 sextortion attempts.

The Digital Shadow, the report also finds out that the young extortionists are enticed by the promise of high salaries, especially if they are in a position to take the country to high-income destinations, such as doctors, lawyers, or managers. That’s kind of personal and financial information can be found in, for example, by searching through LinkedIn profiles.

Some of the criminal groups have been very promising with salaries averaging the equivalent of $360,000 per year to the head that can help you target high-net-worth individuals,” the Digital Shadow of me.

In a campaign highlighted by Malwarebytes (which the criminals with the help of sextortion, among other activities, collected about$16,100. For a broader campaign that covers the various types of criminal activities, including extortion — made in 21.6847451 in Bitcoin, or a little over $220,000 at the current exchange rate.


“Sextortion scams are rooted in the social engineering ploys that con men and criminals of all kinds have come up in the course of time. From the messages, the processing of payments, and it is a well-articulated issues that are most likely to give you more grip, if it turns out to be very profitable,” William, Tsing Malwarebytes, told Fox News.

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