Tackling Sextortion


Keeping yourself safe whilst using the internet may not be something that first comes to mind when considering internet safety. You may think about your password, keeping your device security up-to-date but:

  • What about what you are doing?
  • Do you really know who you are engaging with?
  • Is that person really who they say they are?
  • Is that person really 16, good looking and living where they suggest?

Also useful to know – Remote Access Trojan (RAT) This refers to a webcam-based scam where malware is installed onto your computer and can be used to operate your own built-in webcam, recording images of you without your knowledge. This malware is known as a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) and can remotely activate your webcam, at the same time disabling your camera indicator light.  Keeping your computer security protection maintained and confirming that your web cam is de-activated when not in use should prevent this occurring. Some people have created a cover that can be placed over the camera for double protection.

  • Don’t interact with strangers requesting a video conversation or cybersex;
  • Don’t download any apps or files from anyone you don’t know;
  • Delete any suspicious SMS or emails;
  • Talk about what’s happening.  Even if it’s embarrassing, family and friends like you for who you are, regardless of what mistakes were made;

Remember, whether your webcam was hacked, you volunteered material, or if it was found on stolen equipment, IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT.

If you are worried go to CEOP’s website for access to advice on what you can do if you are experiencing problems relating to Cyberbullying, Hacking, Viruses, Mobiles, Harmful Content, Grooming or Sextortion.

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