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Fri Sep 7, 2018, 02:13 AM

Portland-based child porn blackmail scheme led to suicides, abuse of young girl

An Oregon man making and distributing child pornography received an email several years ago from someone who identified himself only as "Blackhands.''

"Blackhands'' had hacked into the man's computer and found the pornography. He demanded $10,000 or he would expose the crimes, promising his life would be "over.''

The man paid "Blackhands'' $1,000 a month in Western Union money transfers for at least a year and a half, sending them to addresses in New York.

But that was only part of the heinous scheme detailed in federal court Thursday as the extortionist was sentenced to prison for hacking into dozens of computers, then blackmailing child pornographers to turn over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/09/oregon_man_to_extortionist_run.html

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