Although it can be tempting, those threatened by these types of scam should not pay the ransom.“Do not pay the ransom,” CERT NZ cautions.“It can be tempting to pay money to make the problem go away.In similar cases overseas, the scammers continue to ask for more money once the first ransom is paid.“Do not contact the scammers.They record this activity, and use it to blackmail the person.
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BSA is working with Airedale NHS Trust to offer – in a pilot programme – NHS speech therapy over the internet, via Telehealth.
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CERT NZ shared the news on its official blog, writing “The email claims that when the person visited an unspecified adult website the scammer turned on the person’s webcam and recorded what was happening.“The scammer threatens to email the video to all the person’s contacts unless they pay a ransom of around $500.“We can’t confirm whether the video recordings actually exist, or if this is an opportunistic scam.”Get Safe Online, which is a joint initiative between the UK Government, law enforcement agencies, public and private sector companies, has approached uk with some tips to protect against this type of blackmail.
Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, told : “This type of practice is known as a RAT (Remote Access Trojan) or ratting which, put simply, is a virus that allows someone to invisibly access your computer and take control of it, most commonly to access and control your webcam.“Although RATs are becoming increasingly common there are ways that you can prevent it from happening to you.“Because it’s all happening invisibly, this is one of the instances where it pays to indulge your paranoid side.“The first and foremost way to protect yourself is to simply cover up the camera – giving the cyber criminals nothing to see.”CERT NZ recommends taking your computer to an IT specialist to check for malware.
According to data from the London-based company, almost a quarter of malware on mobile devices originates from xxx-rated video websites.
That means watching porn on your smartphone carries a much higher risk than watching it on a traditional PC set-up.“Smartphone operating systems, especially Android, are not as secure as desktops, there are many vulnerabilities that can be easily exploited by hackers,” Wandera warns.
The project will start from 1st April 2017, so therapy sessions will not be commencing until on or after that date.