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Alleged sextortionist arrested in Texas - Here's how to protect yourself

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The 26-year-old man was charged with internet stalking, producing child abuse images, and coercing a minor into sexual activity.

Webcam spy sends couple photos of previous night's Netflix snuggle session

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Unbeknown to the couple, they were actually sharing their movie night with a spy who was watching them via the webcam on their laptop.

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

Google profits from YouTube RAT infestation, says consumer group

YouTube has thousands of videos on stealing images and spreading malware, along with examples of stolen streams from "slave" devices.

Woman arrested after hijacking PCs, showing hardcore porn to victims

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Some of the victims were kids. She allegedly posted videos showing her startled victims as she talked to them over their speakers.

Police warn of sextortion scam targeting men

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UK police have issued an urgent warning after three students were blackmailed in an online sextortion scam.

16 webcam hijacking suspects arrested in wake of bedroom-peeping

16 webcam hijacking suspects arrested in wake of bedroom-peeping

An international bust of people illegally using remote-access Trojans (RATs) to hijack people's webcams last week led to the arrest of 16 people across Europe.

Breach at eBay, bugs in Chip-and-PIN, busts for Blackshades - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Will the breach at eBay beat Adobe for size? Is Chip and PIN really as safe as they say? How many countries took action busting malware crooks?

All the answers in 60 Sec Security for 24 May 2014...

Convicted Facebook paedophile walks free

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A UK man the police called "every parent's nightmare" admitted to eight counts of inciting children to engage in sexual activity, as well as two counts of making indecent images of children. He was sentenced to 3 years of rehab, with no prison time, and people are furious at the idea that he's walking free.

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.

Man guilty of "fixing" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

UK man "fixes" women's computers to spy on them via webcam

A 30-year-old London man has been found guilty of fiddling with three women's computers so he could spy on them through their webcams.

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.

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

Monday review

Missed anything last week? Don't worry, here's a little roundup of everything we wrote.

Stolen webcam video listed at $1 per female victim, $1 per 100 male victims

Stolen webcam video listed at $1 per female victim, $1 per 100 male victims

Do only the truly paranoid stick bandages over their webcams so they don't get surreptitiously recorded? Well, a BBC producer posing as a computer security enthusiast talked to webcam hackers who said that the hack is simple to do.

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.

How Justin Bieber's name is used by internet perverts

Justin Bieber's name used by internet perverts

In response to an increased number of sexual blackmailers harassing and terrorising young girls online, the FBI has published tips to help young people better protect themselves. We also added a few more for good measure.

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

Hacker blackmailed over 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.

Counterattack! Suspected hacker caught on HIS WEBCAM, while spying on Georgia

Counterattack! Suspected hacker caught on camera, while spying on Georgia

The Georgian government's CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) claims it has linked an internet attack to Russia's security services, and even turned the tables on a hacker it believes was involved by secretly taking over his computer and taking video footage of him.

Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture

Mac malware spies on infected users through video and audio capture

After further analysis, more information has emerged about the Morcut Mac OS X malware which was discovered this week.

Man who tricked women into taking hacked webcams into shower is jailed

Jail for man who tricked women into taking hacked webcams into shower

It's jail for a 21-year-old Californian man who tricked female victims into taking their spyware-infected laptops into the shower with them.

Thousands of secretly-taken still images and videos were found on Trevor Harwell's computer.