Philippines busts cyber blackmail network

2014-05-02 08:42
A scandal has engulfed South Korea's spy agency. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

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Manila - Philippine police, backed by Interpol, have arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate who duped victims worldwide into exposing themselves in front of webcams, including a Scottish teenager who committed suicide after being blackmailed in 2013.

Philippine National Police chief Allan Purisima said on Friday that 58 Filipino suspects in the capital, Manila, and other cities have been arrested after investigators from Interpol, the US Homeland Security Department and other foreign police forces traced online chats from some of the victims' computers.

Sosa said the syndicate would secretly record the victims after tricking them into exposing their bodies or having cybersex, and later threaten to send the video to their relatives and friends unless they paid, usually from $500 to $2 000.

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