Sextortion – are you aware of it?

As so many are flocking to cell phones and the ages of the users are getting younger, there is a topic that parents need to be aware of.

Sextortion is a form of sexual exploitation that employs non-physical forms of coercion to extort sexual favors from the victim. Sextortion refers to the broad category of sexual exploitation in which abuse of power is the means of coercion, as well as to the category of sexual exploitation in which threatened release of sexual images or information is the means of coercion.[1]

We as a society need to be able to band together to combat this psychological attack against our youth. 83% of the victims are female, and 46% are minors. Like physical sexual assault, it is estimated that only a third or less of the victims report the crime. 60% of the perpetrators knew the victim before the incident.

I have reviewed the evidence of one of these cases personally. No, I will not share that data as the victim does not deserve that. The portrayal below is based on that incident but is sanitized for her privacy. This was properly reported to the appropriate authorities.

Here is how this abuse occurred:

  • Victim received a text from an unknown source
  • criminal claimed that they had nude photos of the victim
  • They also recited her street address, including which room within her apartment was hers
  • the pictures were going to be shared on all forms of social media unless she complied with the criminal
  • the criminal wanted her to disrobe for more pictures
  • on a the second day the criminal resumed texting with a more aggressive tone
  • the same intent of getting more pictures
  • Criminal escalated to calling the victim and pressuring her to an online video chat service in Scandinavia (I believe in Norway) to excuse herself from family to go to a bathroom to disrobe and put herself on display.

As I and my colleagues tried to trace the evidence and find the personal data exposure, we were impressed with the victim’s awareness of protecting her data. She does not have her college address shared with any databases other than Amazon, and even they did not have which room was hers.

Text messages are very hard to trace unless you are law enforcement. Even for them, they are not easy. Because of my role, I was able to provide the FBI with the owner (not the user) of the phone numbers used to text and call the victim.  I was also able to  alert the abuse team at the video chat service so that they could review the actions of their users. Since I did not have a subpoena, I was unable to get data to relay to the FBI.

When the victim returned to campus, she found that her roommates were also victims. Since the issue was clearly involving a local perp, the apartment management was advised. They had a very lame excuse that this was a data breach when someone restarted the internet. I am still stunned with how stupid this answer is. The apartment management company did say that seven women had come forward. This number ended up rising to twenty when published by a local media source. The article was a plea for other victims to come forward. It is my personal opinion that the apartment complex has a rogue employee that needs to be identified, arrested, and prosecuted. So far this particular incident is limited to the complex.

When I asked if the abuse has continued, the victim stated that there has not been a peep since the police report was filed. The situation is getting great exposure on campus so the student body is much more aware.

If you check the links below, you will find that this situation is not isolated, but becoming more and more common.

Parents need the same level of awareness. This is the tool that you need to arm your kids (regardless of how grown that they are) so that they can fend off these pond scum samples.

Obviously the first line is to make sure that they do not have these kinds of pictures TO BE shared in the first place. I also know that this is wishful thinking, just like abstaining from sex before committed relationships. It is talking to them so that they know if they do not have content for the criminals to share, then why co-operate with their demands. Do not delete the texts, call logs or any other evidence. The local police (and likely the FBI) need to be contacted. Take the time to file the report. The perp needs to be caught. This is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if your kids DID have content that could be exposed, this is not the time to blame the victim. They did nothing to deserve this. My thought is to treat that situation as you would when your kid calls form a party/bar after drinking. Get them to safety then discuss when it is more mentally safe to do so. If your kids know without a doubt that you will stand with them, then they will be more likely to tell you of the incident so you can help them through it.

I hope that nobody that you know has to go through this, but the numbers indicate that it will hit close to home.

Related useful links:

https://www.fbi.gov/news/stories/sextortion

https://www.fbi.gov/audio-repository/news-podcasts-inside-sextortion-and-the-lucas-chansler-case.mp3/view

Prosecutors: ‘Sextortion’ Cases Targeting Young Women At Alarming Rate

Sextortion

Artificial Intelligence and Sex

A couple of times a day as part of my job, I flip through my Twitter feed looking for the emergence of cyber security threats. Sometimes, some of the entertainment/technology feeds bring some fun topics.

It is expected that very soon, 2025 I think, we will be faced with a series or ethical and legal dilemmas.

We are about to enter an age that will include robotic involved sex.

 

Yes, we current;y have a phenomenal amount of toys, photos, videos, etc. There are those that have opted to include console games for their sexual pleasure as well.

Now, as artificial intelligence, cyberskin, and robotics march down this road, how long will it be before we will have to look at legal issues?

 

Currently in Washington, there are two or more parties; one the prostitute, and the john(s). The johns being the simple customer of the prostitute, fine. The prostitute must be a person to meet the other part of the crime. So if the pimp is offering up a bevy of robotic beauties, where is the crime? The viable objection to prostitution has always been the victimization of the sex worker. Once you take the person out of the equation, what do you have? Just the moral aspect of a married person? what is they are single?

To criminalize the act, you would have to make an AI robotic a person. That seems legally almost as intriguing as the ethical/moral aspects.

Are we ready to give computerized devices rights?

 

Ferguson, yes I have views too

So the world has been watching to see where this went.

Before I begin, I was not there, nor was I in the grand jury, so I know only what the public knows.

I am in a different camp than Wil Wheaton, and others. I am probably in the minority of Anonymous, as the vocal side is stomping their feet that this was such a travesty.

I do not know what factors told the officer that deadly force was the best reaction.  Perhaps he SHOULD have used a non-lethal.

Am I racist? no, will I be called racist, could be.

We knew that the chance was high that there was going to be trouble either way tonight.  How many riots or destruction has occurred after winning a pro ball game or hockey game? People get overly excited and lose their common sense.

The bottom line is that the grand jury did not see enough to compel ANY of them to put forth charges. Not ONE!

We know from the strong arm robbery shortly before his death, that he was not in his right mind. He may have been kind and gentle normally, but not that day.

Sorry, this was blown way out of proportion, and most of us knew it in August. So much money and time spent. I will not call it it a waste, because our society seemed to feel the need for it to be intense. So be it.

We also knew in August that the masses were no going to accept the outcome.

Now it will go to a civil case where you don’t really have to prove a case. At least not anywhere near as conclusively.

God help those who have been directly impacted; family, friends, the community, even the police…

To those protesting: Please do not rip up your communities…

One school shooting you WON’T see on the national stage or in the media.

The best way to deal with a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.

http://bearingarms.com/good-guy-with-a-gun-armed-school-officer-stopped-arapahoe/

 

So why won’t the media give praise to this officer, when they are more than willing to condemn gun owners for one persons actions when it isn’t stopped quickly?

Why must someone be prosecuted?

We see too much gun violence thanks to the media’s drive for these stories…

They make good ratings, what will they do when people stop getting shot? Oh wait, people will always be shot or killed in some fashion since people are unable to respect the rights of others.

Before I start, I am sorry that a young woman lost her life, and the hell her family and friends are suffering…

We have another case where the community wants the white guy prosecuted for the death of a non-white.

 

  • Why was the 19 year old out and about at 3:40am?
  • Was this girl one of the only teens without a cell phone?
  • can a citizen racially profile, or is that just a legal term that deals with law enforcement/security/TSA?
  • Common sense tells us that we do not approach houses in the middle of the night (especially in rougher areas).
  • What was her blood alcohol content?

The shooter says that he did not see her face and if that is true… then it is hard for it to be racially motivated.

There were claims that she was shot while leaving the porch, which is false per the police statement.

 

So where does that leave us, other than having a dead woman?

Was the homeowner within his rights? We don’t know, as it is too soon to tell.

Was she pounding on his door, giving him the belief that she was trying to break the door down? At that time of the night, a sleeping person could think so. Since he lived alone, he wasn’t expecting anyone.

Should he be charged? Again, it is too soon to tell. With what little I have in front of me, I am inclined to say no.

I do not see anything compelling me to believe that a crime has been committed. I also do not know if this is a rough area or not as I have not been there. Perhaps one of our readers can shed some light on this for us.

 

Please, back up your files.

I try to stay away from the chicken little stuff, but this is far to important and impressive to not discuss.

Many of you know that my day job is mid to higher end tech work.

This post is a direct result of that work.

If you work with files on your computers with the following list of extensions, PLEASE back them up as soon as you can.

3fr, accdb, ai, arw, bay, cdr, cer, cr2, crt, crw, dbf, dcr, der, dng, doc, docm, docx, dwg, dxf, dxg, eps, erf, indd, jpe, jpg, kdc, mdb, mdf, mef, mrw, nef, nrw, odb, odm, odp, ods, odt, orf, p12, p7b, p7c, pdd, pef, pem, pfx, ppt, pptm, pptx, psd, pst, ptx, r3d, raf, raw, rtf, rw2, rwl, srf, srw, wb2, wpd, wps, xlk, xls, xlsb, xlsm, xlsx

 

We have found a brilliant new “virus” it is actually a Trojan horse, but it is ransomware.  It is brutal and vicious, but on a technical level it is pure genius (until the various authorities catch up to them).

Malwarebytes has a great write up on it. Please give it a read.

http://blog.malwarebytes.org/intelligence/2013/10/cryptolocker-ransomware-what-you-need-to-know/

The basic run down of this ransomware is this:
you get an email posing as someone reputable that you may be doing business with and they have an attachment that you need to print sign and fax to them… Well when you open that attachment, you have just infected your machine and all helll is about to break loose.

If you have the CryptoLocker ransomware. you will get a popup telling you so, and there is a four day countdown timer.

You have two choices, pay $300.00 (or Euros) so that they will decrypt your files, or kiss the data goodbye until the private security key can be discovered.

If you have lost data to this ransomware, keep the files. I suspect that after the crooks have been caught, they will disect the master server and the keys needed to decipher the data will be made available.

In the mean time the bottom line is, you either pay 300 bucks to get your data decoded before the four days expires, or you restore your data from backup. I have talked to customers that have paid the ransom and they DID get their data decrypted.

 

The Next Chapter in the Stubinville case

Unbelievable…

I am shocked (even though I guess I should have expected this kind of protectionism from the athletics community) that the West Virginia U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld is going to teach athletes to hide their rapes by not posting the evidence online.

God forbid that you teach these kids (and young adults) not to rape! You really want to just teach them to be careful about their sexual assaults?

What is the message that you are sending Mr. Ihlenfeld? I suppose that this is all the fault of the victims and witnesses to the respective crimes? They were asking for it or were egging it on? You want us to think that these are just good boys that are getting wrapped up in the heat of the moment?

No! This is not the society that we want to live in. If you want to avoid prosecution and being dragged through the mud but the people and the media… don’t rape women (or men), treat them with respect, accept a “no” when it is given. Accept that once they are passed out, they are no longer player in the romance game.

“Project Future” my ass you are PROMOTING rape by teaching young people how to better get away with it you slimy sack of shit!

Do you really think that cell phones and social media caused those football players to rape the drunken (reportedly passed out) 16 year old girl? Hell no! It seems to me to be more of a situation where the jocks once again thought that they could do what they damned well pleased.

“[H]is goal is to teach teens how to avoid getting in trouble with the law by using cell phones, cameras, and social media “responsibly.”2

I stole the previous line as I could not have summarized it better myself.

We need to take a stand in situations like these. I am not a fan of adding law after law since we already have much of what we need for daily life. Is there something already on the books in this case, or is it something that common sense should already be covering. This ass needs to lose his job over promoting this. It is bad enough that the legal systems screws us on a daily basis, do we need them to teach our youth to rape our kids too (and have a better chance of getting away with it)?

Mr  Ihlenfeld, you are trying to protect the athletes form ruining THEIR lives? How about protecting them from  not ruining the lives of others simply because they are unable to keep their dicks in their pants. Teach them that if they cannot get a consenting adult to have sex with, then it is perfectly fine to jack (or jill) off like the rest of us.

 

here are some citations that I pillaged from the email that I got from Ultra-Violet (I suspect that they won’t mind since I am sharing their views on this one):

Sources:

1. Steubenville-Inspired Program Teaches Teen Jocks Not to Instagram Rape, Jezebel, August 9, 2013

2. U.S. Attorney Kicks Off Drug & Social Media Education Program for Student-Athletes, U.S. Attorney’s Office, August 8, 2013

3. Ohio rape case prompts student athlete social media program, Charleston Daily Mail, August 8, 2013

4. Ohio Teenagers Guilty in Rape That Social Media Brought to Light, New York Times, March 17, 2013

5. Research Blog: Teaching Men Rape Prevention Actually Works, SPARK Movement, April 10, 2013

6. ‘Don’t Be That Guy’ ad campaign cuts Vancouver sex assaults by 10 per cent in 2011, The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2012

 

 

 

Dog the Bounty Hunter, the latest threat against Snowden

Dog the Bounty Hunter has sworn to bring Snowden back to American, though what ever illegal means he can find.

http://www.chronicle.su/news/dog-the-bounty-hunter-to-pursue-snowden-bounty/

And just who has offered a billion dollar reward for his return? The government isn’t allowed to hire mercenaries or brake international law in pursuit of the accused, so who is backing this?

Zimmerman – Innocent or not guilty

Former Los Angeles County prosecutor Loni Coombs emphasized that jurors did not find Zimmerman innocent; rather, they found him not guilty. There’s a difference, she told CNN’s Don Lemon.
“They’re not saying he’s innocent, they’re just saying they couldn’t prove beyond a reasonable doubt, and therefore the law gave them no choice but to write ‘not guilty,'” Coombs said.

Wow, does Coombs think that we are idiots and cannot see this for what it is? It is simply sour grapes, and the statement is moronic.

Sorry, but once you are prosecuted with a crime and the jury comes back with a verdict, you are never innocent again.
The jury comes back with “guilty” or “not guilty”. there is nothing about innocent. The assertion of being innocent makes as much sense at “kinda pregnant”.

Armed Survivors

I’m adding this little areas to the deck for stories of cases where firearms saved lives, or ended an otherwise bad situation. The general media has little time to report on such incidents, because they don’t bring in the ratings or aren’t within the political beliefs of the editor/owners of the network, so I thought we could post the stories we find in small town papers for balance.

By Eyes_Open