The first time I saw one of these was at least 5 years ago. Unfortunately the old guy that had been infected actually paid money out to the extortionists (don't remember what the payment method was) because he was scared/confused/gullible. I've seen it several times since, it's never too hard to clean up.
Where are they? Any video surveillance system I've ever used has them somewhere in-frame on every camera. The lack here would seem to indicate that the footage has been altered in some way to remove them. So we really have no idea how long she was in custody or if this footage cover the entire interrogation.
Techdirt has not posted any stories submitted by etrimby.