"It's just a hard lesson to learn and so many people don't seem to have learned it.The only way to stop the problem is don't fall for it but people fall for it over and over again," said ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer.A short time later, the Downers Grove father of two connected via Skype video-where internet users see and speak to each other on their computer screens. Police determined that the money Sandack paid by wire transfer was picked up in the Philippine islands. Police sources have told the I-Team that they do not anticipate being able to make any arrests in the blackmail case.Although the nature of the conversation between Sandack and the woman is blacked out in the Downers Grove police report, similar blackmail schemes have resulted in disrobing and sex talk between the participants. and well known to federal law enforcement officials. Because of the overseas involvement, "there was limited follow up investigation that could be accomplished by U. Friday afternoon Sandack said in a written statement that he "was the target of an international crime ring focusing on high profile individuals luring them to engage in inappropriate online conversations with the intent of extortion." The prominent GOP leader said he "took their bait and fell for it hook, line and sinker.According to Downers Grove police reports, in early July Rep.Sandack was engaged in a video conversation via Skype with a woman "in her early 20's with long black hair." The woman, whom Sandack told police he didn't know, had originally contacted him on Facebook. Sandack, 52, and the woman had several text exchanges on Facebook that "could be characterized as friendly conversation, like two people getting to know basic information about each other" investigators say.We searched dockets and news stories for criminal cases in which one person used a computer network to extort another into producing pornography or engaging in sexual activity.
Last month, Nebraska State Senator Bill Kintner (R-Nebraska) was also sextorted by a foreign woman who told him to pay up."We will destroy you and your marriage and career if you don't, and asked for $2,500," Kintner said.Law enforcement authorities investigating the emails soon realized that the threatening communications were part of a larger series of crimes.Mijangos, they discovered, had tricked scores of women and teenage girls into downloading malware onto their computers.We tend think of cybersecurity as a problem for governments, major corporations, and—at an individual level—for people with credit card numbers or identities to steal.
The average teenage or young-adult Internet user, however, is the very softest of cybersecurity targets.
Each involves an attacker who effectively invades the homes of sometimes large numbers of remote victims and demands the production of sexual activity from them.