PORN CLIENTS DECEIVED IN DIGITAL BLACKMAIL

– Hundreds of Australians accessing pornography online have been caught – some quite literally – with their pants down by cyber criminals who fraudulently claim to be members of the Australian Federal Police.
Using viruses known as ransomware, foreign gangs are filming users of adult websites by activating the webcams on their private computers.
The viruses lock the desktop and post an incriminating image of the person on their screen, before warning they have breached federal laws relating to child pornography, copyright or privacy.
The victims are instructed by the hackers to pay a fine of $100 or $199 using a credit card or money transfer service. If credit card details are handed over, further frauds often occur. If the fine is not paid within 72 hours, data files on the computer can be encrypted or wiped.
The AFP and Australian Competition and Consumer Commission have been inundated with calls from victims of ransomware, which include the ukash, reveton and trojan.ransomlock viruses.
“We’ve taken some very interesting calls; some people are very open, while others swear they have been hacked using Facebook.
“We had one bloke who was almost in tears, because they were caught in their underpants,” said an AFP source.
Originating in Russia in 2009, the virus has swept through Western Europe, Canada and the United States, using different logos of different local law enforcement agencies to lend credibility to the scam.
AFP cybercrime operations manager Commander Glen McEwan has issued several warnings about ransomware, which has evolved over the past six months to evade detection by some anti-virus software, spam filters and firewalls.
“Unfortunately, members of the public are still being affected by this scam. The Australian community is reminded that the AFP does not solicit funds and this message is not associated with the AFP in any way,” Commander McEwan said.
He urged victims to report any cyber fraud to the ACCC website scamwatch.
The Australian Crime Commission recently identified ransomware as a new frontier for cyber gangs and an emerging threat to Australia’s 12 million internet subscribers.
“Organised crime groups without strong technological skills are able to obtain ready-made malicious software packages online, to help them commit a range of offences, or there are those who will provide packages to organised crime for a fee,” according to an ACC report released last month.
In February 2013, Spanish police and Europol arrested 11 people linked to a global ransomware operation, including a 27-year-old Russian man suspected of creating and distributing the virus.
Sean Kopelke, technology director with IT security firm, Symantec, has identified 16 different versions of malware linked to organised crime gangs in Russia, Europe and the Middle East.
A recent Symantec study of one virus found that 68,000 computers were infected within a month with 2.9% of those ensnared by the scam, making payments of almost $400,000.
Mr Kopelke said the viruses were often spread through advertisements on adult websites. He urged internet users to regularly upgrade security software, exercise caution with unfamiliar websites and avoid opening links of advertisements from unsolicited sources.
“If you do get caught, accept these are fake and the AFP is not monitoring your computer. Stop using your computer and research the virus. There are programs online that can be loaded on a USB stick to remove malware,” Mr Kopelke said – Cameron Houston

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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