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It ‘Felt Fishy’: Game Operator Rebuffed Fake Data Request

  • Request claiming to be from ‘Bhaka’ police sought user’s data
  • Bogus legal requests being used to harass, extort minors
A portion of the forged emergency data request sent to Toontown Rewritten.
A portion of the forged emergency data request sent to Toontown Rewritten.Source: Toontown Rewritten
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The data request was in all caps and urgent: “EXIGENT CIRCUMSTANCE DISCLOSURE REQUEST IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ!” On March 13, the administrators of an online game marketed for children called Toontown Rewritten received an emergency request for user information that appeared to come from a police captain in Bangladesh. 

“We have reasonable suspicion to believe multiple individuals have engaged, acted and perpetrated in child porn distribution, blackmail and terroristic bomb threats against high levels of Bangladesh officials and family,” wrote “Captain Samuel Ramsel” of the Bhaka Cyber Crime Division, in an email.