extortion

Port Out Scam

'I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now': Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing Ransom

Jared Goetz's credit card was fraudulently charged, his phone cut-off, and his email account hacked. But in an extraordinary phone call, Goetz managed to talk the hacker down, and get his digital life back.
Joseph Cox
10.11.18
Instagram

Hackers Are Holding High Profile Instagram Accounts Hostage

Hackers have hijacked the accounts of at least four high profile Instagrammers recently, locking them out and demanding a bitcoin ransom. But Instagram is silent.
Joseph Cox
9.28.18
pay up

Scammers Threaten to Review Bomb a Travel Company Unless it Pays Ransom

Twitter bots, fake reviews, and Instagram comments are the tools of a black hat SEO extortion attempt.
Joseph Cox
8.28.18
Sextortion

Hackers Made Half a Million Dollars Pretending They Watched You Watch Porn

Scammers tricked victims to pay ransom in bitcoin for compromising video that didn't exist.
Joseph Cox
8.21.18
Face Time

When Your Arrest Photo Appears on a Mugshot Website

Lawmakers are cracking down on sites like Mugshots.com and UnpublishArrest.com. At such a mushrooming online nexus of extortion and blackmail, will the legislation make any difference?
Anjali Nayar
6.23.18
NOT SO FAST

After Arrest in Serbia, Netflix Hackers ‘The Dark Overlord’ Say They’re Still Going

Serbian police may have arrested a suspected member of The Dark Overlord hacking crew, but someone in control of the group's email account told Motherboard "we're still here."
Joseph Cox
5.17.18
Phone Crackers

Someone Is Trying to Extort iPhone Crackers GrayShift With Leaked Code

Last week an unknown party started to publish code snippets from iPhone unlocking tool GrayKey. To stop, the extortionists are demanding 2 bitcoin, but they may not have more code to offer.
Joseph Cox
4.24.18
Internet Insecurity

This Ransomware Demands Nudes Instead of Bitcoin

It was inevitable.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
9.21.17
Show Me the Money

Dark Web Market AlphaBay Staff to Alleged Extortionist: Don't Dox Us, Here's Some Money

“How much do you want for that?”
Joseph Cox
3.3.17
Power

Government Employee Pleads Guilty to Massive Sextortion Campaign

A government employee’s widespread blackmail attack on college-age women—all from the comfort of his State Department desk.
Melissa Cronin
12.13.15
Internet

A Dark Web Hacker Is Hunting Potential Pedophiles to Extort Them for Money

"People will pay a lot to keep that kind of thing covered up."
Joseph Cox
11.12.15
Canada

Canadian Teen Who Swatted and Harassed Women Online Is Going to Jail

The 17-year-old was sentenced to 16 months in jail and eight months of community supervision on Thursday in a BC court.
Darryl Greer
7.10.15