Irish Security Series #16: Sextortion and Online Blackmail

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The Royal Irish Academy

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Sextortion and Online Blackmail

The internet has brought with it great benefits to our lives, but it has also facilitated certain behaviours that are less positive. Example of these include Sextortion and Online Blackmail. Unfortunately many people think such behaviours will never be targeted at them, but more worrying still, others are not even aware of such behaviours. Crimes of this nature, while they often go unreported and are targeted at the general public, are in increasing numbers being targeted at VIPs within large businesses. Our event will try to present deeper understanding of these activities, insights into how this behaviour can manifest and discuss things that can do to mitigate such risks.

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John Branney - Regional Coordinator at National Crime Agency (NCA)

A career Detective John has over 35 years in law enforcement the majority of which has been within the covert policing arena. Since its creation in 2006 John has been a member of the NCA's Anti Kidnap and Extortion Unit (AKEU) which is a small specialist unit within the Investigations Command that provides a 24/7 response to UK, European and worldwide law enforcement officers plus government departments dealing with reported offences of kidnap, blackmail and extortion.

The threat of kidnap and blackmail continues to concern UK communities, law enforcement, and commerce and industry throughout the world. This is despite the fact that the UK is acknowledged by the United Nations as a world leader in reducing the impact caused by kidnap and blackmail offences. High profile kidnaps abroad impact at international, community and regional level.

Extortion / blackmail
Blackmail covers a multitude of criminal activities, including product contamination, and uses threats to get money, although other demands may also be made. As with kidnaps, the true extent of blackmail and extortion offences (including “protection rackets, sextortion”) by organised criminals is not known. Fear, and damage to reputation in the case of retail businesses, may make victims unwilling to report instances.

Louise O Hagan - Cybersafe Ireland

Louise is Education Officer in Cybersafe Ireland, Cybersecurity Awareness Officer in Norther Ireland Water, and in write up phase of a PhD ‘The human element of data exploitation’. Her PhD research focus is on how human are exploited online for data in illegal contexts such as email and social media phishing and legal contexts such as terms and conditions and privacy policies. - masters in Cyberpsychology - Ba Hons Psychology. Humans are socially engineered and persuaded online for good and bad all day every day!

Urban Schrott – ESET Cybersecurity Analyst

ESET Ireland’s Cybersecurity Analyst Urban Schrott has been raising awareness on cyber threats for over 10 years. He’s had over 1000 articles published in various Irish and UK media, from the Irish Independent and Silicon Republic, to the Irish Sun, had ESET Ireland appear on RTÉ and TG4 and has given over 150 interviews for numerous Irish radio stations, including appearing on Newstalk’s Pat Kenny Show. Urban has appeared at many public presentations on a variety of IT security topics, ranging from business security, to online threats to children. In Ireland he has presented at UCD, Trinity College, LYIT, The Convention Centre, and various conferences and expos. Internationally at InfoSecurity Europe in London, Tech Days in Portugal, the Cyprus Computer Society and ESET conferences in Slovakia, Spain and Germany. Because Urban is Slovenian, he’s also done lectures and presentations in Slovenia with the University of Maribor, the Bled eConference and Slovenia’s Ministry of Defence. In short, we think it’s safe to say that while he does not know everything, he certainly knows a few things about cyber security, that various audiences find interesting, relevant and useful.

Tim Hanley - Policing & Criminal Justice Advisor

A highly commended Strategic Policing Advisor and recently retired as a Detective Chief Superintendent from the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Tim has a unique scope of expertise in International Policing, Counter Terrorism and Criminal Justice gained during a career spanning three decades in Northern Ireland. Now working on a consultative basis with police forces and government agencies in the UK, USA, South America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East on matters relating to serious crime, terrorism and justice reform. He was the PSNI lead officer for Human Trafficking, Witness Protection, Kidnap, Cybercrime, homicide and terrorism investigations. He established the PSNI’s first Anti-Corruption Unit.

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Moderator: Ms Sheelagh Brady - Senior Analyst SAR Consultancy

Sheelagh has approximately 20 years of experience in policing and security. She began her career with An Garda Siochana, where she worked for 14 years. She then moved to the international security arena, holding positions such as, Mission Security Analyst with the European Union Border Assistance Mission in Libya, Senior Security Information Analyst, with UNDSS in Abuja Nigeria, and Analyst with the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia Herzegovina (BiH). In 2014, she co-founded SAR, where is holds the position of Senior Analyst. SAR provides security related research services, specialising within the fields of Terrorism, Organised Crime and Corruption, whilst also providing risk management services. She is currently undertaking a PhD at Dublin City University (DCU).

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