You're scrolling through Facebook like any other day when a friend request pops up from a pretty girl. You send one back, just to be polite, or maybe because she asked nicely. Law enforcement officials have dubbed the scam "sextortion," and it happens all over the world.
Maybe you move the conversation onto Skype for a live show. But American military personnel are particularly vulnerable, authorities say, because they have a steady income and their conduct is closely regulated. officials fear that foreign enemies could exploit the same tricks to obtain sensitive information and compromise national security.
Law enforcement authorities investigating the emails soon realized that the threatening communications were part of a larger series of crimes.
Mijangos, they discovered, had tricked scores of women and teenage girls into downloading malware onto their computers.
All three agencies — NCIS, Army CID and Air Force OSI — are crafting broader strategy for the Defense Department.The NCIS alone, which investigates criminal cases for the Navy and the Marine Corps, has received about 300 sextortion reports over the last four years, officials say. "I think people are more willing to come forward, but incidents are also increasing." Many victims are the military's most junior troops, young adults away from home for the first time and trying to make new connections or otherwise find their way in the world.The criminals who target them are sometimes based in the U. The Philippines and Ivory Coast, located in west Africa, are particular concerns, said Linda Card, a spokeswoman for the Air Force Office of Special Investigation, which has received about 70 sextortion reports dating back to 2012.Later in the day, to underscore his seriousness, the hacker followed up with another email threatening the victim: “You have six hours.” This victim knew her correspondent only as [email protected], but the attacker turned out to be a talented 32-year-old proficient in multiple computer languages.Located in Santa Ana, California, his name was Luis Mijangos.When I first began using camfrog almost a year ago my first impression was that the program seemed fun to use.