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Ashley Madison data breach leads to extortion attempts

"Send me 1.00000001 bitcoins or I'll tell your spouse you were cheating" seems to be how it goes down...

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.

New-style ransomware locks out your customers - demands money to let them log back in


The crooks took a low-key, annoyingly simple, and hard-to-spot approach.

Change usernames like JIMMY to FKOVWH3Z7LUV, but hide the changes...for a while, anyway.

Hackers leak bank emails after extortion attempt fails

Email. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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).

FTC takes down fake support scammers, upbeat about "getting consumers’ money back" [POLL]


Just paying the money back isn't really a punishment for fake support call scammers.

So, what do *you* think the courts should do to punish these guys?

Have your say in our poll...

Apple iOS ransomware mystery deepens - "Oleg Pliss" pops up in LA

The mysterious Oleg Pliss, who popped up on iPhones in Australia earlier this week, demanding $100 "for unlock device," is back.

Now we're hearing reports from Southern California...

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

Hooded computer user. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

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.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week


It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

US local police department pays CryptoLocker ransom

Police advice if you are hit by CryptoLocker is to take it on the chin, and not to pay up.

That's a pretty hard demand to make of anyone, and all but impossible to insist on for everybody, but you would at least expect the police themselves to follow it...

CryptoLocker urgent alert - here's how YOU can help!


The UK's National Crime Agency has put out a CryptoLocker ransomware alert - the malware is still a huge problem, even after weeks of high profile coverage.

Here's what YOU can do to help prevent it...

Adobe, Android and CryptoLocker - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]


Which pets make the best/worst passwords?

How many times did Google make the same coding blunder?

Find out this and more in our one-minute wrapup of the week's security lessons!

CryptoLocker ransomware - see how it works, learn about prevention, cleanup and recovery


This article explains how the CryptoLocker ransomware works, including a short video showing you what it does.

The article tells you about prevention, cleanup, and recovery, and explains how to improve your security against this sort of threat in future.

Destructive malware "CryptoLocker" on the loose - here's what to do

There's a destructive malware threat on the loose that calls itself "CryptoLocker."

It's what's known as ransomware, because that's what it does: holds your files to ransom.

Paul Ducklin tells you what you need to know...

Sextortionist who preyed on Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, turns himself in

Sextortionist who preyed on Miss Teen USA has turned himself in

The 19-year-old Californian man turned himself in to FBI agents on Thursday. If found guilty, he's looking at up to two years in federal prison on the charge of extortion after allegedly hacking more than a dozen women's computers, taking nude images via their webcams, and contacting then in an attempt to get more images out of them.

Miss Teen USA 2013 says sextortionist hacked webcam to snap bedroom photos

Miss Teen USA 2013 says sextortionist hacked webcam to snap bedroom photos

The FBI is investigating Wolf's claims that her webcam was hacked and that an extortionist demanded money to keep nude photos out of the public eye. She's only one of many victims, but she's turned her alleged victimization into a platform from which to educate teens about the dangers of cybercrime and how they can protect themselves.

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."

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

The FBI and DHS are seeing dozens of attacks on ambulance and hospital communication lines as extortionists demand $5,000 for supposedly unpaid payday loans.

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.

Romney tax returns allegedly hacked, supposedly held for $1 million ransom

Romney tax returns allegedly hacked, supposedly held for $1 million ransom

Thieves are claiming to have hacked the US presidential nominee's tax returns out of PricewaterhouseCoopers, are demanding $1 million to keep them out of public circulation, and have allegedly sent supposed copies to Democratic party leaders.

But then again, it's an anonymous Pastebin claim, so it might be complete bunk.