Opening Video Credit – National Crime Agency UK
Some users use the internet to manipulate, blackmail and intimidate others. Sextortion is cyber-crime where the perpetrator threatens the victim with revealing intimate content to the victim’s contacts. The video raises awareness of tactics used to lure victims and ways to protect oneself if already a victim.
Ms Majula Sridhar describes different platforms vulnerable to cyber-crimes and ways to avoid being a victim. As a cybersecurity expert, she provides information about personal steps to take in dealing with sextortion. In addition, she also provides legal steps to report the crime.
Social media platforms are vulnerable to cyber-crimes in the form of sextortion. The perpetrator lures the victim into sharing intimate and sometimes sexual details. In addition, information is sourced either by gaining the victim’s trust, sexual seduction and recordings. This information is used to blackmail the victim into paying money to avoid revealing embarrassing content to family and friends. There is no negotiating with the perpetrator since all they want is money.
Warning signs of illegal activities include profile recently created explains Ms Majula Sridar an expert in cybersecurity. Moreover, online “relationships” moving too fast or feeling too good to be true is a red flag. Perpetrators also have excuses about exchanging pictures or report a non-functioning webcam.
If you are a victim, deactivate or change passwords for all online accounts including accounts for close family members. In addition, do not delete any conversation for evidence when reporting the crime. Above all don’t pay any money and if necessary report the crime to the appropriate authorities.
Watch her interview on Digital Safety with Prathibha Sastry here.