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Thursday, October 28, 2004

Blackmailing with child pornography

Andy McCue and Dan Ilett at Silicon.com reported on this nasty new internet dirty trick:

Blue Square told to pay €7,000 or face smear email campaign…

A new ploy involving child pornography is being used by extortionists targeting online betting firms with denial of service blackmail threats.

Blackmailers warned UK-based online bookmaker Blue Square yesterday that they would send out emails in Blue Square's name containing child pornography unless the company paid a demand for €7,000.

The threat followed a more traditional denial of service attack that hit the company on Monday, taking Blue Square's site down for five hours.

The email was sent to Blue Square by a 'Bohan Krascevic' from a Yahoo! web email address with a '.se' Sweden suffix. It stated: "You have time until 5 Pm your local time. I will now start an attack for 1 hour. This will be 1/20 of the power I can do. Answer me and I will give you my e-gold account number which must be funded ASAP, 7000 EURO. Waiting for answer."
Betting websites blackmailed with child pornography [silicon.com]

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