Types of online damage skyrocket during lockdown, study finds

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A new study shows that the number of people experiencing online damage, such as bullying or porn revenge, has skyrocketed during the Level 4 lockdown.

Scams, sextortion, intimidation and the distribution of objectionable material all increased over the seven-week period.
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Netsafe’s research found that scams, sextortion, intimidation and the distribution of objectionable material all increased over the seven-week period.

The most common types of online damage were encouraging people to hurt or kill themselves and to share intimate pictures or recordings without permission.

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Netsafe chief executive Martin Cocker said people were not used to being home and indoors for an extended period of time which created the perfect storm for online issues.

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