Ontario Provincial Police are warning the public about a scam that seems to be targeting men on social media such as Facebook, dating sites or pornographic websites.
Sextortion is when people are lured into an online relationship through social media, dating sites or pornographic websites. As the relationship builds, victims are encouraged to use the computer’s camera and the scammer will coerce the victim to perform a sexual act on webcam. The victim is later advised that the event was recorded and to pay a fee or the video will be released publicly or sent to a list of friends.
How to protect yourself:
Deny any requests to perform an illicit act over the internet.
Disable your webcam or any other camera connected to the internet when you are not using it. Hackers are able to obtain remote access and record without your knowledge.
Carefully consider who you are sharing explicit videos and photographs with.
North Korea was behind the WannaCry ransomware that blazed a destructive path around the world last spring, wreaking havoc on hospitals, the financial sector, FedEx, and companies of all stripes, a high-ranking adviser in the US Trump administration said Monday.
Then today (19/12/2018) the UK Foreign Office Minister Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon backed up the assertions, also attributing the WannaCry ransomware incident to North Korean actors the Lazarus Group. “The decision to publicly attribute this incident sends a clear message that the UK and its allies will not tolerate malicious cyber activity,” said the government release.
After the UK National Health service was severely impacted by Wannacry, the UK led the international investigation, and within weeks, in May 2017, the UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) attributed the attack to North Korea.
In October, the British Government said it “strongly” believed North Korea was responsible for the ransomware attack.
Following the allegation from Theresa May’s security minister Ben Wallace, North Korea opposed the accusation and said it was “despicable” and “an act beyond the limit of our tolerance”.
A statement from the state’s propaganda news agency KCNA slammed the allegation and warned Britain to “seriously reflect” on what was being claimed.
The statement said: “The UK has made another attempt to incriminate the DPRK as a cyber-criminal. The DPRK has clarified our principled stand, on every opportune occasion, to oppose terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.”
In the latest statement, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the Foreign Office Minister, said: “The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre assesses it is highly likely that North Korean actors known as the Lazarus Group were behind the WannaCry ransomware campaign; one of the most significant to hit the UK in terms of scale and disruption.
“We condemn these actions and commit ourselves to working with all responsible states to combat destructive criminal use of cyber space.
“The indiscriminate use of the WannaCry ransomware demonstrates North Korean actors using their cyber programme to circumvent sanctions.”
Computer systems in around 150 countries around the the world – including dozens of NHS trusts in the UK – were caught up in the attack, which saw screens frozen with a warning that they would not be unlocked unless a ransom was paid.
President Donald Trump’s homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, claimed that North Korean hackers were behind this year’s massive, global WannaCry ransomware attack on Monday evening in a Wall Street Journal editorial.