FBI warns AI 'sextortion' has risen by more than 1,000% in the US - and a ... trends now
The government is warning Americans about the rise in AI 'sextortion' that is sweeping the nation - and the attack has caused at least a 20 suicides in recent years.
Sextortion is when an offender convinces the victim to send sexually explicit pictures of videos and then threatens - and the criminal threatens to release them to the public if they do not receive more content or money.
However, these attacks are being combined with AI, giving offenders tools to create attractive personas and generate convincing conversations.
These attacks have risen 1,000 percent in the last 18 months, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute, driven by West African gangs who target young people on Instagram, Snapchat and Wizz.
DailyMail.com spoke to an ex-police officer who shared warning signs of the attack, such as certain details in social media profiles and type of language being used.
These attacks have risen 1,000 percent in the last 18 months, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute, driven by West African gangs who target young people on Instagram , Snapchat and Wizz
Adam Pilton who formerly led a cybercrime team, said: 'I have seen and investigated many cases of sextortion. Often the victims are devastated by what has happened and are highly embarrassed.
'On occasions sexual videos that the victims shared with the suspect would be drip-fed to the victim's employer, colleagues, friends and family to add pressure on the victim to pay their ransom demands.'
The Federal Burau of Investigations (FBI) issued a warning recently after uncovering an increase in attacks since October 2022.
'Sextortion can start on any site, app, messaging platform, or game where people meet and communicate. In some cases, the first contact from the criminal will be a threat,' the agency shared.
'The person may claim to already have a revealing picture or video of a child that will be shared if the victim does not send more pictures.
'More often, however, this crime starts when young people believe they are communicating with someone their own age who is interested in a relationship or with someone who is offering something of value.'
Ex-police officer Adam Pilton, Cyber Security Consultant at CyberSmart
Pilton said the first warning sign is if you receive a friend request on social media from a stranger who is the opposite sex - and one that is attractive.
While this may happen very occasionally in real life, it’s a classic sign of sextortion, Pilton said, and users should be immediately on their guard.