A year-old California man has been charged over hacking into a webcam at the home of Miss Teen USA in a bid to extort nude photographs. He is accused of attempting to extort nude photos from Cassidy Wolf after claiming he had obtained private images from the beauty queen's home computer. She told NBC's Today show in August that she had received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from her webcam. She said the emailer threatened to go public with the images unless she provided pictures of herself. Based on an investigation launched in March, the FBI said there were "multiple" victims from Riverside County and beyond. According to the complaint, Abrahams threatened to make public images and videos unless the victims submitted to one of three demands: send nude photos, send a nude video, or log onto Skype and do what he says for five minutes. FBI agents raided Abrahams' home in June and seized computers and hardware, mobile phones and hacking software, court records show.
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The newly-crowned Miss Teen USA was allegedly the victim of a "sextortion" in which an individual hacked into the computer in her Temecula bedroom in order to obtain naked photos. Cassidy Wolf of Temecula told the media this week that she was targeted before she had been awarded her crown, and her mother, Mary Wolf, said the investigation into the allegations had been going on for some time, according to the Press-Enterprise. Wolf explained that "she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer," reports the L. The pageant winner said the extortion—aka sextortion—plot involved the suspect trying to get money from Wolf so that the photos would not be made public. Federal authorities revealed that Wolf and about a dozen other women were allegedly victimized by the individual. FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller says the illegal activity is no longer taking place. Mary Wolf said the episode has been "scary and terrorizing" for Cassidy and her family. Not deterred by the "sextortion" case, the reigning Miss Teen USA says she intends to discuss her experience in order to raise awareness of the issue. Photo by Alberto E.
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. Authorities say he victimized young women surreptitiously, by taking control of their computers then photographing them as they changed out of their clothes. His arrest came six months after a teenager identified in court documents as C. At the time she contacted police, in March, Wolf was not a national figure — even though she was Miss Teen California — and lived in an apartment and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Wolf got a Facebook alert that someone had tried to change her password to the social networking site, then noticed other passwords had been changed and that her Twitter avatar was now a half-nude picture of herself. A short time later, she received what would be the first of many messages, this one featuring pictures of Wolf at her Riverside County address and others apparently taken months earlier when she lived in Orange County, says the criminal complaint.
She is identified only by her initials in the criminal complaint. A federal complaint filed on Sept. The agent alleged that Abrahams, when interviewed, acknowledged controlling 30 to 40 hacked computers and extorting some women. I do NOT have a heart. However, I do stick to my deals. The girl then allegedly stripped during a Skype session, according to the FBI affidavit. A woman in Canada also stripped, according to the document. He also allegedly received webcam photographs from women in Southern California, Baltimore and Russia, according to the court document. Authorities said he targeted as many as women. He pleaded guilty to identity theft and unauthorized use of a protected computer.