Extortion in the Digital Age

By Jordan Robertson - 2012-09-07T22:30:48Z

Photograph by Will Robb

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Catching the Porn Virus

Fans of a pornographic genre of Japanese anime found themselves the target of a malware attack in 2010. People who downloaded illegal copies of certain "hentai" games had their Internet histories scraped and posted to a public website along with their name. The users then got e-mails or pop-up messages demanding payment to take down the postings. The fees were described as settlements for the users' copyright violations, but they were nothing more than a shakedown.