Brookings Mountain West
The word “sextortion” is a prosecutorial slang for a new kind of cybersecurity problem: the extortion of sexual conduct online by victims—often a great many of them—by means of threatening the release of sexually explicit images. A recent Brookings study reveals that sextortion is remarkably prevalent. We identified a large number of cases nationwide encompassing many thousands of victims. The justice department has identified sextortion as the most important and fastest-growing cyber threat to children, but many victims are also adult women. A discussion of recent research into a little-discussed cybersecurity threat: The ability to conduct sexual coercion at scale against very large numbers of victims and across state and international borders.
Child pornography; Extortion; Sex
Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
Sextortion: How Big a Problem Is It?.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/brookings_lectures_events/107
Benjamin Wittes, Ph.D., is a senior fellow, governance studies, at the Brookings Institution.
Event sponsored by Brookings Mountain West.
Greenspun Auditorium, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Downloadable video is 1.1 GB in MP4 format
Attached file: 8 PowerPoint slides