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Stingray-like phone spying machine used to blackmail and rig state tenders

Mobile phone mast

A South African official is suspected of forging a document to allow a businessman to illegally/allegedly buy the pricey device.

Ransomware - should you pay?


The big question, usually left unanswered in technical discussions of ransomware, is, "Should you pay?"

We help you make up your mind.

Hackers leak bank emails after extortion attempt fails

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Serial cyber-extortionist gang Rex Mundi has published a cache of emails apparently stolen from the servers of Swiss bank Banque Cantonale de Geneve (BCGE).

100 Bitcoin bounty slapped onto head of blackmailer who DDoSed Bitalo

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No, thank you, we will *not* pay you 1 Bitcoin to stop the attack and teach us about our supposed vulnerabilities, Bitalo said, after being threatened with a DDoS. Instead, we will pay 100x that amount to track you down.

Serial hacker pleads guilty to bank bitcoin blackmail

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A 22-year-old with a lengthy history of convictions pleaded guilty last week to charges of blackmail and fraud, after threatening to reveal details of thousands of phished bank accounts if the bank involved refused to pay up.

First Aid for Android: How to unlock your ransomed phone


What do you do when your Android device freezes or locks up so you can't do anything useful...especially if it wants $300 to let you get back to work?

Here's an Android troubleshooting technique for emergencies of this sort...

87 arrested in the Philippines in bust of sextortion ring

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Three men, out of some 87 arrested, are allegedly behind the blackmailing of Daniel Perry, a 17-year-old Scottish boy who killed himself last year.

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Polish programmers jailed for 5 years for DDoS and cyber-extortion of online casino

Two online gaming programmers from Poland have been jailed for trying to cyber-extort the owner of an online marketing company based in Manchester, UK, and the CEO of an unnamed US internet software host.

Romney blackmail scam - 'Dr Evil' extortion suspect charged

Romney blackmail scam - "Dr Evil" subject charged

A Tennessee man is accused of being the guy behind the extortion attempt, which boiled down to "Give me 1 meeeeellion dollars for Romney's tax returns - and oh, yea, please pay in Bitcoins."

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy

Boy meets girl. Girl strips on webcam. Tells boy to do the same. Girl blackmails boy

Webcam extortion the other way around: hot girls extorting men.

Be careful out there, and keep your trousers on chaps.

Reveton/FBI ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated [VIDEO]

Reveton ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated

Many of you have been asking us about the Reveton ransomware, which claims that the FBI has fined you, and locks you out of your PC until you pay up.

Learn what it looks like, and what to do if you or one of your friends and family encounter it...

Belgian bank blackmailed by hackers threatening to expose customer data


Hackers break into a Belgian bank, steal confidential customer information, and then blackmail the bank: pay us or we expose your customers' confidential data. Who is the real victim here?

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

World Cup DDoS blackmailer sentenced to jail

A man who extorted money out of online gambling websites in the run-up to the 2010 Football World Cup in South Africa has been sent to jail.

Runes of Magic publisher says it won't be blackmailed by hacker


Frogster, publisher of the popular "Runes of Magic" videogame, says that they will not give in to the demands of a blackmailing hacker who has threatened to release personal information and payment details of customers.