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Brutal extortion tactic frames people for a hideous crime

Brutal extortion tactic frames people for a hideous crime
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One of the worst cybersecurity threats now has a new, terrifying twist. We've told you about ransomware.

It's when hackers install malware onto your computer that lets them take it over. To get access returned to you, they demand money.

Now, imagine a ransomware attack that's countless times worse than not being able to use your computer. What if the attacker filled your computer with child pornography? Of course, you could be facing serious prison time for having that on your computer and, yet, there it is.

That is not just something scary to imagine. A man named Lee Phillip Rees in the United Kingdom is now in jail for doing exactly that.

His scam was multipronged, and disturbing. First, he would fool people online into thinking he was a young girl.

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