Category Archives: Sextortion

Sextortion cases in Wilson County prompt meeting with parents, homeland security

WILSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Wilson County School District is tackling the issue of crimes against children Wednesday night.

The Department of Homeland Security will educate parents on the newest tactics that predators are using to reach teenagers and children.

The director of Wilson County Schools, Dr. Donna Wright, told News 2 to it has become aware of cases involving sextortion that impact students within the district.

“Trying to prompt or get, and it doesn’t always have to be a girl it can be a boy, to provide nude pictures. If you don’t, this is what I’m going to do. So they literally blackmail youngsters, students, kids, that if you don’t do this is what I’m going to expose,” explained Dr. Wright.

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She told News 2 in one case that the district is aware of, the a predator then

Read more at: http://wkrn.com/2017/08/16/sextortion-cases-in-wilson-county-prompt-meeting-with-parents-homeland-security/

Conspiracy Theorist: 8/15

Online sextortion

It’s not just for kids any more

By Mark Luedtke

We’ve all heard the horror stories about kids sexting each other. Dr. Jill Murray told ABC News, “I have two girls who have made suicide attempts and several had to switch schools because of sexting… I don’t know any 16-year-old boy who’s going to keep a naked picture of a girl to himself.”

According to one study, 10 percent of kids said they had sent a sext message in the past year and 5 percent had received one. ABC continues, “Those involved in sexting were not only more likely to report a suicide attempt, they also had twice the odds of reporting depressive symptoms as students who weren’t involved in sexting.”

USA Today calls sextortion against children an epidemic. “It’s called ‘Sextortion,’ a crime exclusive to the digital age. Predators pretend to be teens on social media and gaming sites,” it writes. “They

Read more at: http://www.daytoncitypaper.com/conspiracy-theorist-815/

Sextortion: Why Minors Isolate Themselves And Cave Into Perpetrator’s Demands

This week, U.S. officials announced they had charged a Bakersfield, Calif., man for sextortion of multiple females.

Authorities said the individual, 26-year-old Buster Hernandez, made cyber threats to his victims and produced child pornography. Using social media, Hernandez contacted the females through a private message and threatened to share sexually explicit images of them to family and friends if they declined to send him more pictures or videos of that nature. The victims ended up sending more photos to Hernandez, who went by the name “Brian Kil.” He opened up multiple Facebook accounts to hide his identity and location and posted multiple images of his victims.

Read: FBI Catches Sextortionist That Targeted Minors Through Video Booby Trap

The case involving Hernandez shows minors isolate themselves and end up complying to the demands of perpetrators. A June 2016 study by the University of New Hampshire Crimes

Read more at: http://www.ibtimes.com/sextortion-why-minors-isolate-themselves-cave-perpetrators-demands-2577247

Study details ways children victimized by online sextortion

A University of New Hampshire study shows that online predators use a variety of techniques on social media to victimize children.

Researchers with the Crimes Against Children Research Center at UNH interviewed young people about their experiences with sextortion, in which people exploit children to get them to send sexually explicit pictures or videos of themselves.

The study shows that technology is changing so quickly that law enforcement and public policy are playing catch-up.

Link: Read the full study

“We were hearing increasingly about cases where young people were having images of them in the hands of somebody else and being used to extort money or sexual favors from them,” sociologist David Finkelhor said.

Finkelhor said the center reached out through social media sites such as Facebook to ask young people who had such experiences to be part of the study.

“We were pretty amazed,” he

Read more at: http://www.wmur.com/article/study-details-ways-children-victimized-by-online-sextortion/11667163

The Dark Web and Sextortion: The FBI Says They Can Help If You’re Targeted

INDIANAPOLIS–The “dark web” is indeed a dark place. It’s used to traffic drugs, child pornography, and earlier this week a man was accused of trying to sell a woman in Europe, on the “dark web”. 

The dangers of anonymity

You’re being warned about the dangers of people who are using the anonymity of the “dark web” for sextortion, which is what the feds say Buster Hernandez, of Bakersfield, California, did to teenage girls in Indiana, before threatening to blow up Plainfield High School and a shopping mall.

“When you use this, when you access it, you can communicate, make it practically impossible for anyone to identify your IP address,” said Jay Abbott, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Indianapolis. Your IP address is a series of numbers that your computer is assigned when you’re on the web, that can show people where you are. Authorities use IP addresses to catch

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Buster Hernandez

The FBI identified and nabbed a suspected cybercriminal who maintained anonymity for more than a year and a half by sending him a booby-trapped video file, federal prosecutors explained in newly unsealed court filings.

The recent arrest of accused sextortionist Buster Hernandez, a 26-year-old from southern California, was made possible in part by the use of a Network Investigative Technique (“NIT”), a blanket term used by the FBI to describe the lawful use of malware, exploits and various hacking tactics against a criminal target, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in Indianapolis federal court.

Mr. Hernandez was arrested earlier this month in Bakersfield and has been charged in connection with a cybercrime spree that started as early as December 2015 and targeted multiple underage victims throughout the country, the Justice Department said in a statement Monday.

Using a pseudonym, “Brian Kil,” Mr. Hernandez allegedly solicited sexually explicit material from at

Read more at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/feds-used-booby-tapped-video-file-identify-suspect/

Buster Hernandez, 26, identified in federal sextortion case thanks to …

The FBI identified and nabbed a suspected cybercriminal who maintained anonymity for more than a year and a half by sending him a booby-trapped video file, federal prosecutors explained in newly unsealed court filings.

The recent arrest of accused sextortionist Buster Hernandez, a 26-year-old from southern California, was made possible in part by the use of a Network Investigative Technique (“NIT”), a blanket term used by the FBI to describe the lawful use of malware, exploits and various hacking tactics against a criminal target, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in Indianapolis federal court.

Mr. Hernandez was arrested earlier this month in Bakersfield and has been charged in connection with a cybercrime spree that started as early as December 2015 and targeted multiple underage victims throughout the country, the Justice Department said in a statement Monday.

Using a pseudonym, “Brian Kil,” Mr. Hernandez allegedly solicited sexually explicit material from at

Read more at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/feds-used-booby-tapped-video-file-identify-suspect/

Buster Hernandez, 26, identified in federal sextortion case, thanks to …

The FBI identified and nabbed a suspected cybercriminal who maintained anonymity for more than a year and a half by sending him a booby-trapped video file, federal prosecutors explained in newly unsealed court filings.

The recent arrest of accused sextortionist Buster Hernandez, a 26-year-old from southern California, was made possible in part by the use of a Network Investigative Technique (“NIT”), a blanket term used by the FBI to describe the lawful use of malware, exploits and various hacking tactics against a criminal target, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in Indianapolis federal court.

Mr. Hernandez was arrested earlier this month in Bakersfield and has been charged in connection with a cybercrime spree that started as early as December 2015 and targeted multiple underage victims throughout the country, the Justice Department said in a statement Monday.

Using a pseudonym, “Brian Kil,” Mr. Hernandez allegedly solicited sexually explicit material from at

Read more at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/feds-used-booby-tapped-video-file-identify-suspect/

Feds used booby-trapped video file to identify suspected sextortionist

The FBI identified and nabbed a suspected cybercriminal who maintained anonymity for more than a year and a half by sending him a booby-trapped video file, federal prosecutors explained in newly unsealed court filings.

The recent arrest of accused sextortionist Buster Hernandez, a 26-year-old from southern California, was made possible in part by the use of a Network Investigative Technique (“NIT”), a blanket term used by the FBI to describe the lawful use of malware, exploits and various hacking tactics against a criminal target, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday in Indianapolis federal court.

Mr. Hernandez was arrested earlier this month in Bakersfield and has been charged in connection with a cybercrime spree that started as early as December 2015 and targeted multiple underage victims throughout the country, the Justice Department said in a statement Monday.

Using a pseudonym, “Brian Kil,” Mr. Hernandez allegedly solicited sexually explicit material from at

Read more at: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/feds-used-booby-tapped-video-file-identify-suspect/

Suspected sextortionist hiding behind Tor is outed by booby-trapped video

The FBI used a booby-trapped video to identify a California man who allegedly used the Tor network to anonymously extort sexually explicit material from minors online.

Buster Hernandez, 26, of Bakersfield, California, allegedly ran his sextortion campaign since at least 2012. It came to the attention of the FBI in late 2015 when the suspect allegedly used Facebook to contact a girl in Indiana. Using the moniker Brian Kil, FBI officials said, Hernandez claimed he had obtained “dirty pics” the unidentified minor had previously sent to a boyfriend. Hernandez then allegedly threatened to publish the images unless the girl sent additional sexually explicit photos.

Hernandez eventually posted multiple images to the Brian Kil

Read more at: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/08/how-the-fbi-used-a-booby-trapped-video-to-id-a-sextortion-suspect-on-tor/