The police call it “sextortion”: from blackmail to intimate video. Since February, cyber-investigators have been looking for the two hackers suspected of having sent 20 million threatening emails. “I noticed that you had very … particular tastes in matters of 'pornography', was it written in these messages. I simply recorded a video in split screen with (…) your webcam recording you having … fun. “
The pirates claimed 550 euros, which they said was “a fair price for our little secret”. In reality, there was no webcam hacking. Among the victims, actor Jean-Pierre Castaldi, who worried about a message from a hacker claiming to have stolen his bank codes. “I panicked, recognizes it. If you pay, it will always ask you for money. Anyway, I wouldn't have paid. “
28,000 people reported the scam and over 2,000 filed a complaint. Two 21-year-old French youths, presented as intelligent and desocialized, were arrested this fall.
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