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The Star: July 26, 2018

The Star: July 26,

Thursday, July 26, 2018 Bus exchange’s little problem $53m complex can’t fit smaller buses STORY PAGE 7 Cyber crims target Dalziel • By Bridget Rutherford MAYOR Lianne Dalziel has been hit by a “fake sextortion” online scam, which is aimed at embarrassing victims into paying up. Ms Dalziel received a ransom email at the weekend, saying malware had been installed on an adult website. Unless $1000 was paid in Bitcoin, she was told a video of her supposedly using the X-rated website would be sent to her friends. The Fake-tortian scam is wellknown, with Netsafe receiving more than 300 reports of it in the past week. Ms Dalziel said she knew it was a scam. She hadn’t visited any adult sites and had coincidentally received a tweet from a friend about it before the bogus email landed. She talks about the scam in her weekly column in The Star today (page 13). “I knew it was a scam from the start. But it created the impression that they could take control of the person’s computer and use the webcam,” Ms Dalziel said. “But it could be frightening to some people.” •Turn to page 5