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Interpol announced the arrest of 58 persons in the Philippines for sextortion, including one case where a 17-year-old victim committed suicide in July last year following blackmailing by the group.In fact, "the scale of these sextortion networks is massive, and run with just one goal in mind: to make money regardless of the terrible emotional damage they inflict on their victims," says Sanjay Virmani, director of the Interpol Digital Crime Center.
A major case gained notoriety in California where a now-20 year old Jared Abrahams "illegally hacked into the laptops of several young women in the U. and abroad, then took control of their webcams in order to film and photograph them while they undressed." According to the FBI, the scam included web cam pictures of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was a classmate of Abrahams.
Such spying falls into a gray legal area, but once it goes onto a mobile device, it clearly intrudes on privacy outside of the work space. Corporate spying also facilitates insider trading, where the "insider" gains privileged access to your webcam, mobile camera or microphone.
The extent of stock exchange manipulation and trading of sensitive investment and competitive information from computer and smartphone spying is unknown.
Many have either claimed or speculated that one way the NSA and other U. spy agencies got around the prohibition of spying on Americans was to let a third party do it for them. News reports, based on the leaks of NSA information by Edward Snowden, say that GCHQ stored millions of images gleaned from its webcam surveillance.
According to the New York Times, the Australian Signals Directorate tapped a U. law firm representing Indonesian interests and offered their intercepts to the NSA. These images can be retrieved in various ways, including the use of advanced face recognition systems, so seemingly unrelated video chats from different computers and with different names or web addresses, can be linked together.
Along with the photos, data on your location is displayed in the intercept so you can be easily tracked.