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Cyber kidnapping

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

 

Source: IE

 Context: Recently a Chinese student in Utah was cyber kidnapped.

  • Cyber kidnapping” refers to a crime where perpetrators convince victims to hide, then contact their loved ones for ransom.
  • The victim may send pictures that suggest they are held captive, creating a false impression of danger.
  • The perpetrators, not physically present, monitor the victim online through video-call platforms.

Experts warn that with the rise of Artificial Intelligence, scammers can use technology to enhance deception.