Se­cu­rity warn­ing af­ter “sick­en­ing and scary” video

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THE di­rec­tor of a yoga school is warn­ing Face­book users to set up strong on­line se­cu­rity af­ter hack­ers cre­ated a fake sex video of him and then de­manded money so they wouldn’t share it.

Suren­der Saini, bet­ter known by his yoga name Jnan­dev, de­scribed the at­tempt as “sick­en­ing and scary” af­ter be­ing sent a video.

Crim­i­nals had edited it to­gether by mix­ing it with footage from a real video chat he had had with his wife Deepika, who is vis­it­ing In­dia.

“They must’ve hacked into my ac­count and taken the lit­tle bit of video when I was talk­ing to Deepika,” he said from his home near Whit­land, Car­mar- then­shire.

“In the first half of the video you could see it’s clearly me, the other half is half of a body and ba­si­cally some­one play­ing with them­selves. Also at the top of the cam­era, they had a girl stripped off naked.

“In that first hour, I can’t re­ally ex­plain it. It was like some­one was try­ing to kill me, kill my name.

“Hon­estly, you feel they’ve stabbed into your heart, you don’t feel as though you’re who you are any more. It’s re­ally scary.

“I did pull my­self to­gether and was pleased to see so much sup­port out there from lo­cal peo- ple and the yoga com­mu­nity.”

He deleted his Face­book ac­count and re­ported it to the po­lice, who re­as­sured him and gave him ad­vice about how to stay safe on­line.

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the shock, he now wants to warn oth­ers.

“What made me re­ally strong and think, ‘I must share this ex­pe­ri­ence with peo­ple,’ was when the po­lice asked me a cou­ple of times, ‘You don’t feel like you’re go­ing to kill your­self?’”

Jnan­dev says he was given the fol­low­ing ad­vice: “Keep chang­ing your pass­word, make it stronger, and the best ad­vice was that if peo­ple con­tact you and try to get you into trou­ble, don’t let them, don’t re­spond or say any­thing.

“They said it’s not only me, they do the same to hun­dreds of peo­ple and out of those, if even 10-15 peo­ple pay them money, it’s a lu­cra­tive busi­ness for them, they make a for­tune out of it.

“The po­lice re­as­sured me and said once you block them and say ‘do what you want to do, I’m not pay­ing you,’ they move on.

“That’s why I’m feel­ing quite happy now, but at the same time I’m feel­ing like I want to make peo­ple aware and say, ‘please don’t let peo­ple abuse you and put you in the cor­ner or they’ll keep com­ing back to you again and again.”

Pic­ture: Richard Wil­liams

Yo­gachariya Jnan­dev (Suren­der Saini) runs the Sat­sanga Yoga Ashram in Lo­gin, Car­marthen­shire.

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