Aussie porn consumers scammed by hackers

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According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a “ransomware” virus implemented by cyber criminals allows hackers to find users accessing adult websites, activate their webcams, lock their desktops, send them an “incriminating” photo of themselves, warn the mass debater that they have broken federal laws “relating to child pornography, copyright or privacy” and demand they pay a fine between $100-199 with a credit card. The added threat of not paying the clearly bogus fine within 72 hours is that hackers then either encrypt or wipe data from the users’ computer. I’m not sure what’s frightening: knowing that a stranger has hacked your webcam, or plainly seeing a picture of yourself romancing your right hand? Hmmmm. I’ll take neither.
SMH reports that the AFP have been privy to some hilarious phone calls from victims: “We’ve taken some very interesting calls. Some people are very open, while others swear they have been hacked while using Facebook. We had one bloke who was almost in tears because they were caught in their underpants” a police source told SMH. Police also reassured the public that the AFP isn’t actually insane, and would never illicit funds from innocent tasters of online porn directly through users’ webcams.
There’s a moral to this story, folks: make like a conspiracist and tape that disapproving, blinking Eye of Sauron at the top of your laptop like every other paranoid nerd out there. You’re not alone.
Via SMH.

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