extortion

food news

86-Year-Old Wanted a Free Panera Birthday Bagel, Got Sextortion Emails Instead

"I said this is the most bizarre thing I've ever seen, and I have to go tell all my water aerobics buddies about this letter."
Jelisa Castrodale
8.2.19
Health

A Legal War Is Raging Over “Natural” Boner Pills

The Texas company behind "TriSteel" is suing hundreds of small shopkeepers over "natural" sexual enhancement pills.
Oliver Noble
Michael Shade
Jed Oelbaum
8.1.19
Instagram

After Wave of Complaints, Instagram Tests New Methods to Recover Hacked Accounts

Motherboard previously reported how hackers were holding high-profile Instagram accounts for ransom, and how some influencers had to turn to white-hat hackers for help.
Joseph Cox
6.17.19
Another Day Another Hack

Hackers Steal and Ransom Financial Data Related to Some of the World’s Largest Companies

The data was stolen from Citycomp, which provides internet infrastructure for dozens of companies including Oracle, Airbus, Toshiba, and Volkswagen.
Joseph Cox
4.30.19
Noisey News

New Lawsuit Claims Mariah Carey's Former Assistant Was Urinated On at Work

Buzzfeed News obtained this new suit this week. It was filed in response to a suit from Carey that claimed her assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan was attempting to extort her.
Kristin Corry
1.18.19
cybercrime

The Dark Overlord Decrypts More 9/11 Insurance Files

After apparently raising thousands of dollars through a crowdfunding effort, The Dark Overlord have decrypted a set of the 9/11 attack connected litigation documents.
Joseph Cox
1.4.19
Cyber Podcast

CYBER Podcast: The Dark Overlord and the 9/11 Insurance Files Hack

In this week’s episode of CYBER, we talk about how The Dark Overlord hacking group has evolved, and is one of the most sophisticated crews when it comes to manipulating the media.
Motherboard Staff
1.4.19
Motherboard

Hackers Threaten to Dump Insurance Files Related to 9/11 Attacks

The Dark Overlord appears to be trying to capitalize on conspiracy theories about the September 11 attacks.
Joseph Cox
12.31.18
Port Out Scam

'I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now': Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing Ransom

Jared Goetz's credit card was fraudulently charged, his phone cut-off, and his email account hacked. But in an extraordinary phone call, Goetz managed to talk the hacker down, and get his digital life back.
Joseph Cox
10.11.18
Instagram

Hackers Are Holding High Profile Instagram Accounts Hostage

Hackers have hijacked the accounts of at least four high profile Instagrammers recently, locking them out and demanding a bitcoin ransom. But Instagram is silent.
Joseph Cox
9.28.18
pay up

Scammers Threaten to Review Bomb a Travel Company Unless it Pays Ransom

Twitter bots, fake reviews, and Instagram comments are the tools of a black hat SEO extortion attempt.
Joseph Cox
8.28.18
Sextortion

Hackers Made Half a Million Dollars Pretending They Watched You Watch Porn

Scammers tricked victims to pay ransom in bitcoin for compromising video that didn't exist.
Joseph Cox
8.21.18
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