That, in turn, led investigators to a larger ring of computer pedophiles.
When a similar case with national reach turned up the following year, the FBI realized it was onto an alarming new trend: sexual exploitation of children via the Internet. In 1995, the FBI created its Innocent Images National Initiative (IINI).
And if they did, he would then threaten them further, notifying them that he knew they had told someone.
The malware Mijangos wrote was sophisticated, and he told federal authorities that he designed it specifically to be undetectable to antivirus programs.
A decade ago, a 10-year-old boy disappeared from his Brentwood, Maryland, neighborhood.
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.
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.
As defined in the Mijangos court documents, sextortion is “a form of extortion and/or blackmail” wherein “the item or service requested/demanded is the performance of a sexual act.” The crime takes a number of different forms, and it gets prosecuted under a number of different statutes.
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.
The perpetrator wanted a pornographic video of the victim.