The aim is to get the victim to take their clothes off or do sexual things in front of the camera, which will be recorded by the scammers.
There have also been cases where the scammers have hacked into a computer and turned on the webcam to record the victim unknowingly e.g. Once the scammers have personal, sensitive photos or videos, they demand money in exchange for not releasing the material on the internet.
"There's a lot more people than we know because there could be hackers in big centers watching video streams just waiting for something to happen," he said. Professor Seltsikas said hackers on the other side of the world were watching thousands of Australians through their webcams, and waiting for them to have a wank.
Actually, turns out there's a site where you can already watch the live footage of thousands of CCTV cameras from all over the world.
Philip Seltsikas, a cyber-security expert and associate professor from Sydney, told Veronica & Lewis there was no sure way of defending against ransomware.
He said there were probably a lot more computers infected than we know.
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 $1000 via wire transfer to the person in the Ukraine.