Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Federal authorities have arrested a year-old man suspected of hacking into a webcam at the California home of the newly crowned Miss Teen USA in an attempt to extort nude photographs. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
Abrahams, a college freshman majoring in computer science, will face a charge of extorting nude photos and videos of not only Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, but more than a dozen other women, including victims in Ireland, Moldova and Canada, the FBI believe. According to the criminal complaint [PDF], Abrahams allegedly hacked computers and took nude photos or videos of his victims by remotely turning on their webcams. He would then allegedly email some of his victims, sending copies of the images and threatening to publish them on social media unless the women sent him more nude photos, sent a nude video, or logged onto Skype to do whatever he told them to do for five minutes.
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Jared James Abrahams, 19 answered a series of questions from U. District Judge James Selna, including an explanation of the crimes that were committed. Abrahams pleaded guilty to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized computer access. Prosecutors say that over the past two years, Abrahams hacked into the computers of at least a dozen women in their late teens or early 20s from various states and countries, including Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf.
Watching all of those webcams to see when a young woman changes her clothes takes a serious time commitment, and Abrahams made one; he "was always at his computer," according the FBI complaint against him. How did Abrahams get his start learning the intricacies of remote administration tools RATsthe malware used to spy on his victims? Not surprisingly, he was a regular user of hackforums.
Image courtesy WPIX. CNN — A college student was arrested Thursday for allegedly hijacking the webcams of young women — among them reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf — taking nude images, then blackmailing his victims to send him more explicit material or else be exposed. Jared James Abrahams, a year-old computer science student from Temecula, California, surrendered on Thursday to the FBI on federal extortion charges, the agency announced.
Wolf has told reporters that prior to being crowned, she received an anonymous email from someone who claimed to have nude photos of her, taken via the webcam on her computer. Wolf told Today News that about four months ago, Facebook notified her about somebody trying to log into her account from another state. The [camera] light didn't even go on, so I had no idea.
Wolf, 19, told NBC's "Today" show she has "mixed feelings" a day after the arrest of Jared Abrahams, and that part of her feels sorry for him. Wolf and Abrahams are both from Temecula, in Southern California. The beauty queen told NBC she was not friends with Abrahams in high school, but knew his name and routinely passed him in the hallway.
The Brigantine resident worries how people in her small hometown will react when they see the show, but is 'comfortable in my own skin. But she can share the fact that the unexpected opportunity helped her figure out what exactly she wants to do with her life. She was a 4-year-old girl who decided she wanted to compete in pageants.