Cyber Blackmail Wave Targets Office Workers

Cyber extortionists are shaking down office workers, threatening to delete computer files or install pornographic images on their work PCs unless they pay a ransom, according to security experts.

"They prey on the nice secretary who wouldnt do anything wrong. When she gets one of these e-mails she thinks Oh, my goodness what am I going to do? So she puts it on her credit card and transfers the funds to the (suspects online bank) account and hopes it goes away," a British detective specializing in cyber-crime told Reuters.

Police said the number of cases is tailing off. But because it so often goes unreported, there is little evidence the crime is actually in decline.

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