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Sextortion: How a New Breed of Predator Exploits Victims Through Their Own Computers

Heather knew there were adults on the Internet who preyed on kids, and she regularly warned her own four children about the dangers of talking to strangers online. Yet the 37-year-old married mom from Phoenix never thought she would ever fall victim to a growing Internet crime known as sextortion.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies sextortion as a form of online blackmail in which explicit images are used to extort additional photos, sexual favors, and sometimes money from victims. It can involve hacking into a victim’s computer or “catfishing” — where predators lure unsuspecting victims into online relationships and coerce them into sharing nude photos or videos. A 2016 report from the Brookings Institute found that sextortion is on

Read more at: https://www.allure.com/story/online-predators-blackmail-sextortion-victims-explicit-images

FBI Says Chehalis District Was Warned of ‘Concern’ for Students in ‘Sextortion’ Case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is challenging a statement from the Chehalis School District that cited a directive from the FBI as the reason the district didn’t take action to separate a boy from the estimated 20 classmates who were among the dozens of victims he allegedly solicited illicit photos from and extorted. 

“An FBI agent on multiple occasions emphasized concern for the safety of all students involved and recommended the school follow its applicable district policies for such matters,” according to a statement from the FBI sent to The Chronicle Thursday from Public Affairs Officer Ayn Dietrich-Williams. “The FBI did not provide any specific instruction on how the school should proceed, aside from advising that the school take the measures it deemed appropriate to keep students safe.”

A 16-year-old Chehalis boy is currently facing charges in Lewis County Juvenile Court including first-degree dealing in depictions

Read more at: http://www.chronline.com/news/fbi-says-chehalis-district-was-warned-of-concern-for-students/article_1c4f1a72-b0a0-11e7-ba50-ff11961144d0.html

Sextortion: How to keep your kid’s safe

COLUMBUS, Ga. —  The FBI says “sextortion” is the fastest growing crime against children on the internet. Police and counselors have advice for parents.

They say now is the time to talk with your children about it no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Only five states, including Alabama, have made sextortion a stand alone crime but it occurs all across the country.

“It does go on and it goes on right here in Columbus,” Columbus Police Special Victims Unit Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick told me it starts when a child sends a pornographic image or video and snowballs from there. Here’s what an online predator may say:

‘”Hey if you don’t continue to do this, I’m going to expose what you’ve shown me to the rest of the world,’” Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

At that point, the child feels trapped.

“They’re ashamed of what they’ve done and they don’t want to have to explain this to their

Read more at: http://wrbl.com/2017/10/10/sextortion-how-to-keep-your-kids-safe/

Sextortion: How to keep your kids safe

COLUMBUS, Ga. —  The FBI says “sextortion” is the fastest growing crime against children on the internet. Police and counselors have advice for parents.

They say now is the time to talk with your children about it no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Only five states, including Alabama, have made sextortion a stand alone crime but it occurs all across the country.

“It does go on and it goes on right here in Columbus,” Columbus Police Special Victims Unit Lt. Joyce Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick told me it starts when a child sends a pornographic image or video and snowballs from there. Here’s what an online predator may say:

‘”Hey if you don’t continue to do this, I’m going to expose what you’ve shown me to the rest of the world,’” Lt. Dent-Fitzpatrick said.

At that point, the child feels trapped.

“They’re ashamed of what they’ve done and they don’t want to have to explain this to their

Read more at: http://wrbl.com/2017/10/10/sextortion-how-to-keep-your-kids-safe/

Stop Sextortion

Sextortion is a serious crime and lucrative business of organized group of blackmailers or individual exploiters, who threaten the victims of distributing their sensitive and private materials, videos, text messages etc. if they failed to provide them with images of sexual nature or some sexual favors or money. The money demand is extortionate and there’s no guarantee whether criminals will not distribute their personal data/videos/images or not. Teenagers, students and women have been harassed at a greater count according to recent records.

So many children are experiencing an online abuse that didn’t exist 10 years ago — sextortion. That’s why we’re launching our Stop Sextortion campaign today, working to break down barriers and spark conversation.

Sextortion can be so isolating and scary that many kids don’t say anything to anyone. Shay Mitchell [yes, from Pretty Little Liars] narrated this video because

Read more at: http://expertlegalreview.com/stop-sextortion/

Orrick Team Builds on Success Fighting Rise of ‘Sextortion’

 

Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill outlawing sexual extortion, marking the fifth state-level victory for a legislative campaign shepherded by an Orrick, Herrington Sutcliffe public policy team.

Sexual extortion, also called “sextortion,” involves the threat of publicizing stolen or coerced sexual images in an attempt to blackmail victims. The criminal activity, which often targets minors, does not fall neatly under existing statutes that bar child pornography or so-called revenge porn.

Orrick has worked pro bono with the advocacy group Legal Momentum, formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, on a multi-year plan pushing for legislation in states around the country. Utah, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama and now California have adopted similar bills since January. Another bill is pending in Washington, D.C. Advocates plan to pursue legislation in 16 more states next year.

http://www.law.com/sites/therecorder/2017/10/06/orrick-teams-builds-on-success-fighting-rise-of-sextortion/

Orrick Team Builds on Success Fighting Rise of ‘Sextortion’ | Law.com

 

California Gov. Jerry Brown this week signed into law a bill outlawing sexual extortion, marking the fifth state-level victory for a legislative campaign shepherded by an Orrick, Herrington Sutcliffe public policy team.

Sexual extortion, also called “sextortion,” involves the threat of publicizing stolen or coerced sexual images in an attempt to blackmail victims. The criminal activity, which often targets minors, does not fall neatly under existing statutes that bar child pornography or so-called revenge porn.

Orrick has worked pro bono with the advocacy group Legal Momentum, formerly known as the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, on a multiyear plan pushing for legislation in states around the country. Utah, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama and now California have adopted similar bills since January. Another bill is pending in Washington, D.C. Advocates plan to pursue legislation in 16 more states next year.

Read more at: http://www.law.com/sites/therecorder/2017/10/06/orrick-teams-builds-on-success-fighting-rise-of-sextortion/