Saturday, August 2, 2014

PRANK – Watch as these webcams get hacked

This video shows people’s reactions as they learn that their webcams are being hacked.  Don’t think it can happen to you…  Think again!  Anyone and everyone is a target.    

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Black Shades arrests 97 People Across the World for Webcam Spying

Nearly 100 people from 16 different countries have been arrested for a malware scam that allowed hackers to spy on people via the unsuspecting users own webcam.  Half a million computers are said to have been affected by the 'Blackshades Remote Access Tool' since 2010.  Some of those arrested are accused of taking sexually explicit pictures of their victims. Seventeen men were arrested in the UK.
Koen Hermans, a Netherlands official in Eurojust, the European Union's criminal investigation coordination unit, said: "This case is a strong reminder that no one is safe while using the Internet.

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sextortion' online scam costs B.C. foreign exchange student $1,000

An article by Katie Derosa
A 20-year-old foreign exchange student living on Vancouver Island was scammed out of $1,000 in a “sextortion” case, in which a woman threatened to post naked photos of him online unless he gave her money.
Oak Bay police are investigating and sending out a warning to prevent other sexual extortion cases.
On March 10, the student was talking online to a woman who said she was living in the Philippines. At some point in the video chat, the woman asked the man to disrobe, and recorded the session without him knowing, said Oak Bay police spokesman Const. Rick Anthony.
The woman threatened to post the photos or video on the Internet and Facebook unless he wired money to her.
The man complied and sent $1,000. He has no idea who the woman is, Anthony said.
The student reported the crime to Oak Bay police. Officers told him while they can’t recover the money, he should ignore any future contact from the scammer and report further extortion attempts to police.
“This is a very unfortunate and very unsavoury situation,” Anthony said, saying the victim feels mortified and taken advantage of. “It’s inherently dangerous for people to be going online and making these contacts and providing way too much information or providing way too much of yourself.”
Anthony, a former fraud detective with Victoria police, said these online scams are typically run by international organized crime rings who know local police departments don’t have the budget to chase fraudsters across several countries.
“When you’re talking about this kind of scam ... it’s extremely time-consuming and extremely hard to pin down a single person because it could be a dozen people running this scam,” Anthony said. “Bad guys know that we’re not going to chase them all over the world for a few thousand dollars.”
Cybercrime is the fastest-growing crime trend facing law enforcement agencies across the world, according to Interpol.
Port Coquitlam teen Amanda Todd took her life in October 2012 after years of being tormented online, including being blackmailed by an unknown person who convinced her to expose herself on a webcam and then spread the photos over the Internet.
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

What links Kanye and TOWIE with Yahoo webcam spying?

DAZED Article by Jazz Monroe

Earlier this week, Dazed marked the 25th anniversary of the internet by asking whether it’s all gone a bit 1984. At this stage, you suspect we’re way past scaremongering: as government intrusion and corporate web tracking normalise, the reality is not so much on our doorstep as in our lap. Now, to grasp the size of the problem, we face a necessary question. How do we act when somebody is watching?
Essentially, it answers itself: we act. Ordinary people under observation ‘act natural’, which is not the same as ‘being natural’. When someone attractive meets our gaze across the street, we try to sustain that right-foot-left motion which just seconds back was thoughtless and fluid, but no dice. We walk peculiarly erect and trip over heels, feeling somehow naked and alien. Of course there’s nothing frightening about this; it’s just the case that the human gaze has a weird power, the ability to somehow reconfigure our impulses.
Celebrities can act natural, too, but some demonstrate just how drastically the human gaze can destabilise us. Take Kanye West: here is a man completely undressed of social norms. Instead, his prerogative is to fulfil a cultural mythology. Kanye waxes Biblical and rides a sexy motorbike that signifies bravado, wealth and awesomeness. He performs the script of hip-hop prosperity; we know and accept this. His authentic devotion to inauthentic myths is, in a postmodern sense, absolutely central to his performance. It also suggests just how attractive cultural archetypes become when people are watching.
Of course, Kanyefication is hardly an overnight process, but not all cultural archetypes are so flamboyant. In fact, certain mythologies move towards us. With its peculiar aspiration towards both the glamorous and mundane, the natural and contrived, The Only Way is Essex aims not to counter or demystify cultural mythology, but to turn social norms into cultural mythology. Its characters elevate everyday behaviour - sewing, weightlifting, chocolate-eating, arguing, gossiping - to the glitzy realm of 'scripted reality', a kind of post-reality reality. There is an art, TOWIE argues, to regular people being regular. It means the humblebrag is the new brag, mediocrity the new excess. But it's also part of a wider identity crisis, shrinking our ability to differentiate between reality and simulation.
Up to now, the vanishing division between the two has been a problem reserved for sociologists and fiction writers. (See Tom McCarthy’s Remainder and Don Delillo’s White Noise.) But TOWIE smooths our transition from being real people to being people of reality. Its characters are not regular people, gifted or lucky enough to get famous, but nor are they actors feigning normality. These are, instead, almost-ordinary folk carefully chosen for their ability to 'act natural'. And they're very good at it. Indeed, watching Lauren Pope idly curl her locks, the viewer is all but erased. Which prompts another question: how much suggested human gaze, whether that of TV viewers or covert government agents, must we shake off to resume natural behaviour? Given our difficulty ignoring glances from hot strangers, you suspect it's pretty much all of it.
“As intrusion goes pandemic, as the internet increasingly hosts our musings and memories, we become perpetually self-aware without even realising"
Two weeks ago, the Guardian published Gen Z’s seminal news story: an Edward Snowden leak that revealed GCHQ, a British intelligence agency, indiscriminately intercepted and stored millions of Yahoo webcam images for counter-terrorism purposes. Many of these images were sexually explicit, and the unsuspecting perpetrators were also unsuspected. Alarming even to post-Patriot Act America, it’s the clearest realisation to date of modern technological paranoia.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Ohio man, Gregory Kasarcik charged, with 'sextortion' of Arvada girl via Skype, authorities say

Alan Gathright wrote this article for abc7
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - An Ohio man has been charged with three felonies for sexually extorting a 13-year-old Arvada girl over the Internet from 1,300 miles away, the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
The man investigators are calling a "sextortion" suspect, Gregory Scott Kasarcik, 24, of Ripley, Ohio, has been extradited to Colorado.
He appeared March 5 in Jefferson County court, where he was advised of the charges against him -- sexual exploitation, Internet sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation, said Pam Russell, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office.
Arvada police were called on Jan. 2 by a woman who said two traumatized neighbor girls -- sisters, ages 13 and 16 -- had come to her door crying about something that had happened on the computer. The teens were babysitters for the neighbor and their mom was at work. 
The 13-year-old girl had met Gregory Kasarcik on a teen social website called SceneKids. His profile claimed that he was a 15-year-old boy, according to an arrest affidavit. Kasarcik used the screen name "ericfringe2" and profile photo showing a shirtless white male with long hair, the affidavit said.
Kasarcik used the pretense that he needed the girl's help solving a camera problem to get her to move from the SceneKids website to a "live" camera Skype session, according to the affidavit.
Suddenly, the man was sending texts demanding that she take off her clothes. The girl refused, but the man said he had her IP address and would blow up the new laptop that her grandparents just had given her for Christmas, the affidavit said. Her grandmother had specifically instructed the girl to take care of the laptop and not damage it.
The frightened girl took off her clothes.
The man ordered her to perform sex acts on camera and, when the girl refused, he threatened to post her nude photographs on the Internet, the affidavit said. The traumatized girl gave in to the man's repeated threats, lying nude on her bed in front of the laptop camera, performing explicit sexual acts.
Eventually, the 13 year old turned off the camera and turned to her 16-year-old sister for help. The older sister texted  "ericfringe2" via Skype, warning him that she would call police if he posted her little sister's nude photos on the Internet.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

17 arrested in UK for remote webcam hacking program

London: A FBI-Led Crackdown Across The Globe Has Led To The Arrest Of Seventeen British Men On A Malicious Computer Program. The 'Malware' Named BlackShades Allows A Hacker To Gain Control Of Computers And Webcams And View Documents.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Sextortion

Katie Gatto wrote an article in 
In 2011, naked photos of Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson made their way onto the Web. The photos, which Johansson had taken herself with her smartphone, were posted on a variety of different sites, and then went viral.
Such things happened to a whole host of celebrities, including Christina Aguilera, Ali Larter, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. No doubt, they had something to worry about — but as it turns out, so do normal people.
t's a process called "sextortion," and it's exactly what it sounds like: sexual extortion. It all begins when someone gets their hands on a racy photo of you. It could be that your phone got stolen, or that an ex-boyfriend decided sharing those nude pictures was a fun way to get over you, or that someone broke into your home computer and programmed thewebcam to take photos of you without your knowledge.
"I just could not believe that this was actually happening to me," said M, a sextortion victim who wished not to be identified by his full name, "I thought it was a prank, but it wasn't."
It seems like a nightmare scenario, but it happens to real people. Luis Mijangos of Santa Ana, Calif., was sentenced to six years in prison in 2011 for hacking into the computers of more than 100 women and teenage girls. If he found nude photos, Mijangos would contact the women and threaten to post the images online unless they provided more naked photos.
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