Extortion Self-Quiz






Linus has developed a computer operating system that he is now selling to computer makers. His business is doing well and the operating system has become very popular. Bill has also developed an operating system but his system is not nearly as popular and Linus's system. Bill writes a computer virus that is capable of destroying any computer that has Linus's operating system on it and he tells Linus that, unless Linus pays his $500,000, Bill will unleash the virus over the internet. Linus pays the money and then reports the incident to the police. Bill is eventually caught and arrested. If he is charged with extortion, he will be:
Choice 1 Acquitted, because he did not threaten imminent harm
Choice 2 Acquitted, because he did not threaten to actually harm Linus himself
Choice 3 Convicted, because Bill’s virus could ruin Linus’s business
Choice 4 Convicted, because he accepted the $500,000 payoff

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