sextortion

Smashing Security podcast #171: WhatsApp hoaxes, Zoombombs, and 8-bit love

Blackmailers are threatening to infect your family with Coronavirus, trolls are making Zoom an unsafe place for those of a sensitive disposition, and what is the mysterious Dr Negrin audio message spreading on WhatsApp?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast.

Sextortion scam leverages Nest video footage to fool victims into believing they are being spied upon everywhere

A bizarre sextortion scam is attempting to trick victims that not only has their smartphone been hacked to spy upon their private lives, but also every other device they have encountered which contains a built-in camera.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Sextortion with a twist of Litecoin

Internet users are being sent sextortion emails, claiming to have recorded videos of their X-rated website visits and demanding payment be made in Litecoin.

Smashing Security podcast #134: Sextortion, silicone face masks, and a DDoS doofus

Scammers steal millions by impersonating a French politician, we offer fashion tips for DDoS attackers, and hear how a small town fought a sextortionist preying on young women.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Jessica Barker.

Smashing Security podcast #127: I do love the Dutch

Israel strikes back at Hamas’s hacking HQ, a new sextortion email comes with a twist, and Carole saves the world with some help from hacked Roomba vacuum cleaners.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Malicious Life’s Ran Levi.

Smashing Security podcast #107: Sextorting the US army, and a Touch ID scam

Fitness apps exploit TouchID through a sneaky user interface trick, tech giants claim to have a plan to banish passwords, and you won’t believe who was behind a sextortion scam that targeted over 400 members of the US military.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by ferret-loving ethical hacker Zoë Rose.

Another wave of sextortion emails

During the last few months, many of us will have received emails that try to extract a ransom via an anonymous cryptocurrency.

But as email blackmailers make big winnings, others are trying to cash in on the craze.

Smashing Security podcast #091: Sextortion, Las Vegas hotels, and Alex Jones

Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won’t be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.

Sex extortion emails now quoting part of their victim’s phone number

Some computer users are reporting that they have received a new type of extortion email in their inbox, which – in an attempt to scare them into giving in to demands for money – quotes part of their phone number.

But where are the blackmailers getting the phone number from?

Smashing Security podcast #070: Facebook and Cambridge Diabolica

It’s not fair to describe what happened at Facebook and Cambridge Analytica as a data breach – it’s much worse than that. An autonomous Uber vehicle kills a pedestrian. And sextortion continues to be a serious problem.

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, who are joined this week by researcher Scott Helme.

Europol campaign fights the online sexual extortion of children

A Europe-wide campaign warns young people about online sexual coercion and extortion.

Cover your webcam – protect your privacy from hackers

Don’t let hackers spy upon you by hijacking your webcam. Cover your webcam when you’re not using it.

In this video, Graham Cluley describes the threat.

Hacking, stalking, and sextorting women from a US embassy PC

A former US State Department employee has admitted stalking hundreds of women online and sextorting his targets after hacking into their email accounts.

David Bisson reports.

Hacker blackmailed 350 women into stripping on their webcams, FBI says

The FBI has arrested a 27-year-old man, who they claim hacked the accounts of Facebook users, and coerced hundreds of women into stripping while he watched via Skype.

Learn more about this case, and a history of other hackers who have spied on their victims via webcams.