Prolific porn ransomware operator jailed for more than six years in UK

Zain Qaiser, a 24-year old student from London, has been jailed for six years and five months for his role in a porn ransomware attack, BBC News reports. Qaiser made at least £700,000 ($914,000) as a result of the scam, although the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) believes his actual earnings may have numbered in the millions.

Working as part of a Russian-speaking organized crime group, Qaiser would pose as a legitimate company seeking to buy advertising space on legal porn sites. These ads would redirect users to sites containing malware, which would lock a victim’s computer and display messages claiming to be from law enforcement. These messages claimed to have recorded webcam evidence of the victim, and demanded a ransom of between…

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