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PA forces detain Nablus man suspected of cyber blackmail

Jan. 29, 2014 1:13 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2014 3:45 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Authority security forces arrested a man in the northern West Bank on suspicion of cyber blackmail, security officials said Wednesday.

Security officials told Ma'an that a hacker from Nablus was detained after a young woman told police he had stolen private photos from her computer and threatened to publish them on Facebook unless she paid him 1,000 shekels ($300).

The hacker asked the woman to hide the money at a given location and arranged for another woman to retrieve the money.

Police ambushed the second woman and took her for questioning, then arrested the man, security sources told Ma'an.

They said the hacker admitted he had been accessing private computers and stealing information and photographs.
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