My colleague Lysa Myers has put together an excellent article for ESET on the topic: Tips for protecting against sextortion. As well as offering some good advice, she also cites a case where an individual has been indicted on charges that for the last eight years he used Facebook, Kik Messenger, Text Me!, aYahoo! and Dropbox accounts:
‘“to communicate with dozens of minor females throughout the United States while posing as a minor female.” After establishing communication with the girls, some as young as 13, he would “threaten to reveal sexually explicit images of their friends unless the victim sent to him images of themselves nude or engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”’
30 years in IT has certainly taught me more about the depths to which human beings can sink than I ever really wanted to know.
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