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Webcam hackers film dude wanking, demand $10,000

We’ve all heard stories (or urban legends) about guys caught wanking. From the teen finding a hot cup of tea by his bed after wanking one out with his eyes closed and his headphones on, to the young man caught by his dad balls deep in a fleshlight with a plug up his butt, there are numerous embarrassing tales of masturbatory mishaps out there.

There’s the horny ones too of course, like the ones where a mate comes over unexpectedly and catches his best buddy rubbing one out, and joins in! But this is a new one you might want to think about the next time you’re stroking your dick in front of that computer screen.

Everything seems to have a camera these days, and many can be easily hijacked.

A young man named Matt from Melbourne opened his emails one day and discovered something interesting. In one was a video of a guy stroking his cock. He soon realized that the man was him.

This is pretty creepy, right? I mean, there’s no shortage of videos out there being shared around every day of the week and you have to wonder just how many of them were shared by the person in the video, or whether they even know that their wanking pleasures are now being watched by potentially thousands of people.

In this case, the solo pleasures being enjoyed by Matt were definitely for his own enjoyment and no one else.

He hadn’t been broadcasting, he hadn’t even been recording himself for his own onanistic library. His system had been hacked, infected with Ransomware, and was sending back everything he said, everything the camera saw, everything he typed, to criminals in Mali who were then using this information to extort money – $10,000 AU to be exact.

Initially defiant he responded and told them to do their worst, perhaps considering that the most that would happen was that his video would end up on a blog somewhere, that therefore it was statistically unlikely that anyone he knew would ever see it, and even if they did they would probably never mention it and he would be none the wiser.

It seems he forgot to consider that they had access to everything he had access too, including his social media accounts. They responded with a screenshot of his Facebook page, advising him that they would be accessing the account and sending the incriminating video to everyone he knew.

Matt began to negotiate with them, finally getting them down to agreeing $3,000 in payment for the video not to be released. The problem is, of course, that once they know they can get that money out of you that video isn’t going anywhere, what’s to stop them coming back a month later and demanding more?

Matt soon realized that he was in a no-win situation, they would always have the video, and they could always use it against him whenever they wished. No one would want to live like this.

So, Matt bravely did what he should have done at the start, he posted a message to everyone on his Facebook page:

wanker blackmailed

Telling the hackers to fuck off and do one couldn’t have been easy. We don’t know if they carried out their threat, or if that video is out there anywhere else. Presumably Matt threw out his computer and bought a new one, changed all his account details, passwords, installed the toughest security possible and did what even Mark Zuckerberg does with his computers – put tape over the camera:

Mark-Zuckerbergs-taped-webcam-microphone

Yes, even Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t trust the camera on his own computer, nor the headphone jack (although how the headphone jack could be hijacked to listen in is anyone’s guess). That says something about the state of tech security in this modern age.

So, here’s a few tips for those masturbators out there who enjoy rubbing one out at their desk:

  1. Make sure you have up-to-date security software installed on your system.
  2. Even if you do, play it safe and tape over that camera when you’re not using it.
  3. Choose a Mac over a PC, they’re far less likely to be hacked or infected.
  4. Most importantly, should you experience what Matt did, don’t pay them, deal with the fallout safe in the knowledge that you are the victim, you did nothing wrong and your friends, family and colleagues will understand this too.

This problem is believed to be far larger than anyone really knows because of the reluctance of the victims to come forward. In recent years we’ve seen several major celebrities having their accounts hacked and their private details, moments and sexual experiences leaked to the public. Most of this can be avoided with common sense practices.

Most important to note, it does not make you paranoid to tape over that camera.

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