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Blackmail

A crime in which one threatens to reveal damaging information about another unless the former is paid some amount of money or is given something of value. For example, one may threaten to reveal information about an extramarital affair or evidence that the other person committed a crime unless one is paid $100,000. Legally, blackmail is a form of extortion.
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He hacked into TalkTalk and blackmailed six bosses including Dido Harding.
"If a victim is in a circumstance where they are being abused and blackmailed with such photos and videos, we advise them to call the Anti-Cybercrimes Bureau or to directly contact the agency," the source said.
A police lieutenant told prosecutors that the woman sent them an email complaint alleging that the accused had blackmailed her, threatening to tarnish her reputation, and forced her to send him money.
During the communication on the Internet, the attacker has allegedly blackmailed the woman for her "lifestyle that he didn't like." He threatened the woman to spread "obscene photos of her" with friends' comments on them if she did not have sex with him.
So let us accept for a moment the prime minister's assertion that "we are being blackmailed." An even larger question comes to mind here.
What are the blackmailed hiding for the documents with which they were blackmailed to have the status of confidential.
A representative for the model said: "Katie has been helping police after a third party was blackmailed. An individual has now been arrested and charged, so she won't comment further."
A COVENTRY University student will face a retrial over claims that he blackmailed the daughter of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
He added that if a woman is blackmailed because she was involved in an illicit relationship but confesses she is not punished because confession is the first step towards redemption.
Seven animal rights activists who blackmailed companies linked to Huntingdon Life Sciences to close down the animal testing lab were yesterday jailed for between four and 11 years.
Experts at Sophos have welcomed news reports that authorities in Russia have jailed a gang who blackmailed online companies through distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
This is not the first time that the Bush administration has blackmailed Serbia into cooperating with the UN's "justice" system.