Cambodian public called on to exercise caution when using internet

PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) - To avoid falling victim to online extortion scams, the Ministry of Interior’s anti-cybercrime and information departments have urged the public to exercise caution when using the internet.

The Ministry of Interior’s anti-cybercrime and information
departments have urged the public to exercise caution when using the
internet to avoid falling victim to online extortion scams.

Anti-Cybercrime Department director Chea Pov told The Post on Monday
that scammers are known to use nude photos and videos to extort money
from innocent internet users.

Pov pointed out that some users are not tech-savvy, making it
easy for hackers to steal their data through social media sites
including Facebook.

“Some Cambodians are new to Facebook, so they have limited knowledge
of how to protect their account from hacking and to keep their data
secure. That enables hackers to access it.

“Wherever they go, they like to take photos of themselves and
post them on social media. Hackers can take advantage of their
carelessness by photoshopping their photos and then using them to extort
money. They might threaten to post them online [if their demand is

“Citizens should be more careful when posting photos on Facebook and
other social media sites. They have to think twice when posting photos
and video taken through their mobile phones because it’s not secure,” he

Pov also called on internet users to be careful with their online purchases.

“When buying any online products, one must identify the vendors
before transferring money to them. They also need to know clearly which
bank they are transferring the money through because hackers can fake
this,” he said.

Pov said the authorities had sent many similar cases to court, but
declined to provide details, saying he did not have the exact data at

The ministry’s information department on Friday also issued a notice
informing the public of increasing online scams in the Kingdom.

The department said it had seen cases of hackers using pornography
and seductive photos on social media as click bait before transmitting a
virus onto computers or smartphones.

The department added that some offenders also hired attractive
persons to lure internet users into undressing or performing sexual acts
before extorting money from them by threatening to post the activities

“If there is an online threat, users must first deactivate their
Facebook account temporarily. They should install software to scan and
get rid of the virus from their computers or smartphones. They must
cover their webcam as a precaution,” the notice said.