On-Line Blackmail

A good article on a very simple form of on-line blackmail. Users visit an apparently innocent looking website which in the background downloads porn files to their machine. They then get an email a few days later telling them where the files are on their machine and demanding money to not tell anyone. Just deleting the files won't necessarily work as many companies keep records of all HTTP traffic so they may have a copy of the files in the company's caches. Of course this attack depends on the company's management. If they are educated and aware then this attack will fail.

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