Also known as webcam blackmail or cyber-enabled blackmail, Sextortion is an internationally recognised crime, which has affected all types of internet users, young and old.

Victims are typically approached via a social network by unknown persons wishing to befriend them. Often these individuals will appear to be young and attractive to the targeted individual.

Once contact is initiated, and a rapport developed, the perpetrator will suggest the use of a video application, such as Skype, where they will encourage the victim to engage in sexual acts. These acts, unknown to the victim, will be recorded.

Once the perpetrator feels they have enough footage, they will attempt to extort money from the victim. Often, the perpetrator will send the victim messages threatening to post the footage online or directly to the victim’s family and friends, unless the victim makes some form of payment.

With the increasing popularity of dating apps and social media, individuals are encouraged to consider the potential dangers of sharing explicit images with strangers.

  1. Be alert to potential targeting by social engineers and report any concerns to organisations immediately.
  2. Never give sensitive information unless you have to and you know the recipient.
  3. Think about what you are posting on social media sites.

If you would like to know more or want to know how to avoid this type of activity, please feel free to get in touch. Raven Global Solutions provides a range of security techniques to help protect your employees in cyberspace.