Alleged Co-Owners of Charged With Extortion 

The California Attorney General announced criminal charges against four men it claims are the owners and operators of The website has been under fire for years over its practice of scraping law enforcement websites to publish mugshots and often incomplete criminal records. It then demands large fees through a sister site for removing the information. Read More >>

Snapchat User Known as ‘Lol Atyou’ Charged With Sexual Assault in Revenge Porn Extortion Plot

A 27-year-old man in London, Ontario, Canada allegedly sexually exploited women online under the username “Adaskio” on Tinder and “El Hefe” and “Lol Atyou” on Snapchat. Read More >>

Germany Is Investigating Whether Facebook’s Terms of Service Qualify As Extortion

One of the downsides of being a worldwide tech juggernaut with two billion monthly users is that day-to-day business means playing legal whack-a-mole at all times. For Facebook, one legal problem has ended and another has just begun. Read More >>

Lawyer Found Guilty of Extorting $6 Million From Porn Pirates in Elaborate Scam

Notorious copyright trolls Paul R. Hansmeier and John L. Steele were indicted by US authorities back in December on multiple charges of fraud. The two were accused of running a complicated scheme in which they preyed on people who illegally downloaded porn. Today, one of them admitted his guilt in a plea bargain. Read More >>

Hackers Publish Symantec’s Source Code After £30,000 Extortion Attempt Fails

Hacker YamaTough has published Symantec's pcAnywhere's source code, the program which is used by users and companies to access personal computers remotely. The publication follows a £30,000 extortion attempt that was made public last night. Read More >>