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He took the phone and messaged the the girl pretending to be a police officer.That was the last they heard."I tried to send them the most official message I could," he said."I don't know if they ever did buy it."Apparently this is what Mark Zuckerberg does: Which makes you think it's a good idea.
"He was pretty embarrassed but the fear of something happening overpowered the embarrassment."Brendan managed to talk his friend down.
It recorded about 4,000 reports of 'scams or fraud' cybercrime in a three-month period at the end of last year.
Basically 'cybercrime' is hard to quantify and we don't have a clear picture.
It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.
The statistics from Australia's very own government cybercrime initiative are a lot lower.
One day in Melbourne, when the sun was out and the birds were singing, Matt opened an email and was greeted with a video of a man wanking.
The man was him."There I was in all my glory," he told triple j's Veronica & Lewis. A 'ransomware' program had infected his computer allowing the hackers to film him through the webcam. Now they wanted money."There was an email saying they were going to release footage to all my Facebook friends and people I worked with if I don't pay them money.""Initially I laughed."He wrote back. Matt may have been feeling very much alone, but in fact he was part of an emerging trend of ransomware attacks in Australia.Instead, what we have is a bunch of widely varying statistics and some not very helpful but quite scary and exciting maps showing cyber attacks as they occur around the globe."I'm a cop in NSW, this happens all the time, a few weeks ago I had three guys in one day come in to report the same thing.. Feel for you silly boys.""The exact same thing happened to me, but I transferred around 00 via wire transfer to the person in the Ukraine.Now in hindsight I know it was the wrong thing to do, but I was tunnel visioned by fear and panic at the time.According to one, there were more than 200,000 ransomware attacks in Australia in April-May alone this year.According to another, there were more than one million instances of a single kind of ransomware (Crypto Locker) in Australia in October last year.This was awkward, but they told him they had his back, and didn't hear from the ransomware hackers again.