Gardai are investigating the incident
GARDAI in Limerick are investigating an incident during which $2,000 was demanded from a local businessman.
According to gardai, the complainant received an email last Friday from an individual who threatened to share a “compromising video” of him which they claimed to have if the money was not transferred to a Bitcoin address.
“The person sending the email stated that they had a compromising video of the business owner which had been obtained from his computer and which would be shared with many if he did not pay up,” said divisional crime prevention officer Sergeant Ber Leetch.
Shortly after receiving the email, the businessman received a phone call from a male who asked if his computer had been hacked.
“This male than went on to offer assistance for a payment and thankfully it was at this point that the business owner hung up,” said Sgt Leetch.