Elite University Track Coach Stole Athletes’ Nudes Then Extorted Them: DOJ (The Daily Beast)

The Daily Beast: Elite University Track Coach Stole Athletes’ Nudes Then Extorted Them: DOJ. “A track coach who left Northeastern after a sexual harassment investigation and was then hired by another university is facing several charges after allegedly duping female athletes to send him nude photographs in an elaborate social media scheme—and cyberstalking at least one of them.”

‘We have your porn collection’: The rise of Extortionware (BBC)

BBC: ‘We have your porn collection’: The rise of Extortionware. “Cyber-security companies are warning about the rise of so-called ‘extortionware’ where hackers embarrass victims into paying a ransom. Experts say the trend towards ransoming sensitive private information could affect companies not just operationally but through reputation damage. It comes as hackers bragged after discovering an IT Director’s secret porn collection.”

Bleeping Computer: Extortionists threaten to destroy sites in fake ransom attacks

Bleeping Computer: Extortionists threaten to destroy sites in fake ransom attacks. “Scammers are targeting website owners with blackmail messages asking them to pay ransoms between $1,500 and $3,000 in bitcoins to avoid having their sites’ databases leaked and their reputation destroyed. As the fraudsters falsely claim, they exfiltrate the databases to attacker-controlled servers using credentials harvested after exploiting a vulnerability found within the sites’ software.”

The Verge: YouTube’s copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion

The Verge: YouTube’s copyright strikes have become a tool for extortion. “An anonymous blackmailer has caught at least two YouTube creators in a scheme involving cash ransoms and esoteric copyright laws. Last week, both creators shared stories of how their channels were being threatened with a third copyright strike — and the possible termination of their channels — from an anonymous extortionist. The scammer offered to reverse the strikes in return for payment to a bitcoin wallet (which, as of this writing, remains empty) or to an adjoining Paypal account (that has since been deleted).”

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message. “Medium, the online open platform and publisher, is one bloglike platform that has persisted and innovated in the social media era. With 90 million unique monthly visitors, it has maintained relevance as a destination for open letters, petitions and personal essays. But it scarcely sparks such frenetic reactions as it did Thursday night.”

The Next Web: Someone is blackmailing dark web users to pay up or get doxxed

The Next Web: Someone is blackmailing dark web users to pay up or get doxxed. “It seems the authorities are not the only ones going after dark web drug buyers. Someone is threatening to doxx (the act of revealing potentially incriminating and identifiable information about another individual) dark web users unless they pay off a small ransom fee in Bitcoin. The news comes from Redditor going by the name of StrangerDanger420, who shared images of the blackmail letter with the rest of the dark web community. ”