Security company: Criminals use Google Nest camera for blackmail and demand bitcoin ransom

According to Computer Weekly, criminals have targeted the owners of Google's Nest home security cameras in the latest sexual extortion crime. Email security company Mimecast said earlier this month the campaign was aimed primarily at individuals in the United States. Kiri Addison, the head of Mimecast's data science oversight unit, said the extortion was unusual because criminals used a more sophisticated method to hide the source of the scam emails, thereby further hiding their identities. Criminals claim to have sensitive videos of the victim and threatened to release the information unless the victim pays a ransom (usually Bitcoin).