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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/

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

Read more at: http://www.wibc.com/news/local-news/dark-web-and-sextortion-fbi-says-they-can-help-if-youre-targeted

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/

Authorities: ‘Sextortion’ suspect used ‘dark web’ to hide ID, location – WISH

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Authorities believe a man from Bakersfield, California, used the dark web to hide any evidence of his identity and location in a case involving social media threats and “sextortion” of minors.

Two of the victims live in Indiana.

A cybersecurity expert told 24-Hour News 8 people can browse the internet anonymously without being tracked by using the Tor Browser or the “dark web.”

A 20-month investigation came to an end when authorities found a way to trace the suspect’s location through a video file.

“He thought he could not be found and in the cyberworld this was the modern equivalent of looking for a

Read more at: http://wishtv.com/2017/08/07/authorities-sextortion-suspect-used-dark-web-to-hide-id-location/

Self-proclaimed ‘cyber terrorist’ in custody in ‘sextortion’ case involving minors

A 26-year-old man is in custody in California in a “sextortion” case, after he was hunted by federal authorities for allegedly making cyber threats to girls, producing child pornography and threatening to use explosive devices at Indiana schools, allegedly telling one victim, “I will slaughter your entire class,” federal prosecutors say.

The suspect, Buster Hernandez, also known as “Brian Kil,” was arrested Aug. 3, officials said.

“His stated goal through social media, which we received in his words: He wanted to be the worst cyber terrorist that ever lived,” Josh Minkler, U.S. attorney for Indiana’s southern district, said at a news conference today. “The evidence showed he was well on his way to achieving that goal.”

Prosecutors described the search to find the cyber suspect as “astronomical” and said about 100 search warrants were issued.

“We used traditional law enforcement techniques to try to trace ‘Brian Kil’ back in

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/proclaimed-cyber-terrorist-custody-sextortion-case-involving-minors/story?id=49076271

Bakersfield man charged for role in sextortion, making bomb threats, producing porn in Indiana


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FBI Tech Tuesday: Building a Digital Defense Against Sextortion Scams

Welcome to the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment. This week: building a digital defense against sextortion scams.

Last week, we talked about romance scams—how a fraudster convinces you that your long-distance relationship is real. He then manipulates you into sending money.

Sextortion cases involve something much darker. In addition to asking for money, an extortionist will likely demand that you provide sexual favors or that you send him explicit photos or videos of yourself.

So how does it all start? The fraudster may be an old boyfriend, or, more likely, a distant acquaintance or stranger. He possesses something very private—photos or information that would embarrass you if he releases them. If you don’t comply with his demands, he says, then your family, friends, and classmates will know your deepest secrets.

How did he get the information to blackmail you? In some cases, he recorded or obtained recordings of sexually explicit content that the victim

Read more at: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/portland/news/press-releases/fbi-tech-tuesday-building-a-digital-defense-against-sextortion-scams