WorldViews: Inside the global ‘sextortion’ ring busted in the Philippines

By Ishaan Tharoor, May 5, 2014

On Friday, Philippine authorities, with the aid of cybercrime investigators from Interpol, arrested at least 87 people in connection with perhaps one of the world's largest "sextortion" rings. The suspects, picked up in seven locations and belonging to at least three syndicates, had allegedly been involved in an industrial-scale operation that tricked people on the Internet into exposing themselves through webcams or live chats and then blackmailed them. The ring's activities reportedly led to at least one death, the tragic suicide of a teenager in Scotland.

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