|Multi Request||Sextortion Email Campaigns|
|Submitted||April 19, 2020|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:
Documents, emails, memos, reports and other records mentioning or describing "sextortion emails" or CYIM 20-008, entitled "Sextortion Email Campaign."
According to CYIM 20-008, "This well-known scam addresses the targeted person by name and references one of their passwords, often in the subject line, to catch their attention. The email then claims to have hacked their computer and filmed them watching pornography. The malicious actor threatens to send the videos to all of the victim’s contacts unless they pay a bitcoin ransom. The passwords used in these scams are obtained from large data breaches that were leaked onto the web."
I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.
As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.
The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.