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Sextortion as Cybersecurity: Defining Cyber Risk Too Narrowly

When we think of cybersecurity, we don't think of sexual violence. Sexual assault, rape, and child molestation are problems of intimate contact between individuals in close proximity to one another. By contrast, we tend think of cybersecurity as a problem of remote attacks that affect governments, major corporations, and—at an individual level—people with credit card numbers or identities to steal.

Cybersecurity: Crime and Espionage

Sextortion: The Problem and Solutions

Legally speaking, there’s no such thing. But sextortion turns out to be remarkably common. A great many sextortion cases have taken place―in federal courts, in state courts, and internationally―over a relatively short span of time, and they involve what are effectively online, remote sexual assaults, sometimes over great distances, sometimes even crossing international borders, and sometimes involving a great many victims.

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Event Announcement: "Sextortion: Remote Sexual Assault"

Join us Wednesday for a Brookings Spreecast on two new reports on an alarming new form of sexual violence: We found a large number of sextortion cases of exceptional brutality involving literally thousands of victims. These cases suggest that we are defining cybersecurity far too narrowly. And they describe significant gaps in federal law, which we endeavor in these papers to identify. 

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