When the victim opened the email, she found sexually explicit photos of herself attached and information that detailed where she worked.
Following that were details of her personal life: her husband and her three kids. The demand made this hack different: This computer intrusion was not about money.
We searched dockets and news stories for criminal cases in which one person used a computer network to extort another into producing pornography or engaging in sexual activity.
Sometimes it involves hacking people’s computers to acquire images then used to extort more.The perpetrator wanted a pornographic video of the victim.And if she did not send it within one day, he threatened to publish the images already in his possession, and “let [her] family know about [her] dark side.” If she contacted law enforcement, he promised he would publish the photos on the Internet too.Sextortion thus turns out to be quite easy to accomplish in a target-rich environment that often does not require more than malicious guile.It is a great mistake, however, to confuse sextortion with consensual sexting or other online teenage flirtations. It is also a crime that, as we shall show, does not currently exist in either federal law or the laws of the states.Teenagers and young adults don’t use strong passwords or two-step verification, as a general rule. They sometimes record pornographic or semi-pornographic images or videos of themselves.And they share material with other teenagers whose cyberdefense practices are even laxer than their own.More often, it involves manipulation and trickery on social media.But at the core of the crime always lies the intersection of cybersecurity and sexual coercion.Each involves an attacker who effectively invades the homes of sometimes large numbers of remote victims and demands the production of sexual activity from them.Sextortion cases involve what are effectively online, remote sexual assaults, sometimes over great distances, sometimes even crossing international borders, and sometimes―as with Mijangos―involving a great many victims.