Control of the webcams and microphones
November 17th, 2006

“Spanish police say they have uncovered a new form of ‘e-bullying’ in schools near Alicante,”the Times reports.”Two 17-year-old boys were arrested for running an extortion racket that terrorised teenagers in the town of Crevillente, near the Mediterranean coast. The boys are accused of writing an ‘extremely powerful’ computer virus and sending it to fellow schoolchildren in the guise of photographs or new ringtones for their mobile phones. Once installed, the ‘Trojan’ virus would allow them to seize control of the webcams and microphones on their victims’ home computers Etelvina Andreu, an Alicante government official, said the teenagers recorded fellow pupils in ‘private moments inside their bedrooms’ and ‘extorted money from them to stop the images from being published on the web’. The going rate was €200 (£135)”.

Bullies move into cyberspace

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