ISOC – Bulgaria helps protect Internet users in Bulgaria
Posted by Veni Markovski on September 24, 2009
Bulgarian English-language weekly Sofia Echo reports about a very unusual soft-porn turned into blackmailing web site:
“Hi, my name is Maria and I am 19 years old. I don’t have a boyfriend at the moment, but I made some sexy pictures with my girlfriend, I hope you like them. If you want to become my friend, fill in your email address and your birthdate.”
This was the text that was said to have lured unsuspecting teenagers to a 59 leva a month subscription for a soft-porn site.
The site, mariqs-homepage.com, was taken down by Bulgaria’s Chief Directorate for Combating Organised Crime (CDCOC), safenet.bg reported.
Upon registering as a friend of Maria’s, users would receive an emailed invoice for the sum of 59 leva for a 30-day subscription.
The terms of services of the site contained a clause in which registration was interpreted as entering into a binding service contract with Global Internet Business, the site’s owner.
Quoting recent abuse of the service, the email went on to say that if users did not pay, the matter would be referred to the courts.
According to Safenet.bg, several teenagers had felt threatened and tipped off the National Centre for Safe Internet (NCSI) and the Internet Society Bulgaria, who in turn handed the case over to the Interior Ministry and the Commission for Consumer Protection. Among those who tipped off the Centre was a teenage girl who had allegedly been bullied into sending her photos to the site, Safenet.bg said.