"Whatever you put out there, you can't get back," White said. He said he was on a dating website called 'Plenty of Fish' when he was contacted by "Chloe" asking to connect via Skype for cybersex.
The new sexual thrills lead to spending huge amounts of time, moving more quickly into more extreme behaviors, taking greater risks, and getting caught more frequently.
Thus, internet sex has been referred to as the "crack cocaine" of sex addiction.
Authorities say the suspects would lure their victims using fake profiles on social media and porn websites.
They would befriend them and eventually invite them to engage in cybersex, before blackmailing them with the recorded videos.
In one case, a victim paid $15,000, though officials say the sums were usually in the range of $500 to $2,000.
The network was dismantled after an investigation launched by Philippine police, Interpol, and the US Department of Homeland Security, among other law enforcement agencies.
He told police she promised to delete the video once the payment arrived.
The victim complied, then started wondering if Chloe had actually deleted the video. Police said they found no record of Chloe Murray and that the number she used to contact him was false.
The simplest approach to avoid this problem is to continue to use the Facebook app but not use the in-app browser.
Nearly 60 people have been arrested in the Philippines on charges of operating an international "sextortion" network.
Women usually feel more threatened by the emotional betrayal of a partner’s online affair, while men are more concerned about physical encounters, Hertlein says, but the gender differences are lessening.