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Sextortionist Pleads Guilty to Hacking Miss Teen USA

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: CRIME!, Crimes Against Women | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Sextortionist Pleads Guilty to Hacking Miss Teen USA

Sextortionist Jared James Abrahams Pleads GuiltyA US student has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking the online accounts of Miss Teen USA and more than 100 other women in several countries and threatening to publish nude photos of them.

Jared James Abrahams surrendered in September to FBI agents probing so-called “sextortion” cases, in which he made demands in return for agreeing not to release the pictures. The investigation involved multiple victims in California, Canada, Moldova and Russia

20-year-old Abrahams, who hacked into as many as 150 online accounts and forced victims to engage in Skype sessions in which he convinced two teenagers to undress, made a plea deal with prosecutors in November.

Abrahams pleaded guilty to four counts – three of extortion and one of computer hacking – according to the US Attorney’s office in Los Angeles ::::

Sextortation Cassidy Wolf - Miss Teen USA

The most high-profile victim was Cassidy Wolf, who won the Miss Teen USA pageant in August. She and Abrahams graduated in 2012 from the same school in Temecula, about 150 kilometres south-east of Los Angeles.

The plea agreement detailed how, starting last year and continuing until June, the computer science student hacked into computers, email and social media accounts.

The pictures, sometimes nude in nature, were taken from webcams, said the plea deal, adding that Abrahams “extorted at least 12 young women in their late teens or early 20s in this manner”.

Ms Wolf called investigators in March after receiving threatening emails containing nude photos of herself.

The sender said he would distribute the pictures “all over the internet” unless she either sent him a personal video of herself, joined him on Skype for a five-minute video chat during which she would have to do whatever he said, or sent him “good quality pics” of herself.

“As digital devices, email accounts and social media accounts now contain the most intimate details of the public’s daily lives, the impact of this type of hacking and extortion becomes more pronounced,” prosecutors wrote. “In some cases, this type of criminal behaviour can be life-changing for the victims – especially for vulnerable victims who may feel it is impossible to rebuild their tarnished reputations.”

Abrahams was sentenced during a hearing in US District Court in Santa Ana at which he apologised to his victims and “acknowledged the violation and the severity of his conduct,” defence lawyer Alan Eisner said.

Mr Eisner said Abrahams’ parents also spoke at the hearing, asking the judge to take into account their son’s age and struggles with Asperger’s syndrome.

“Certain people are motivated by different things, and Jared’s motivation we believe was not meant to be predatory or evil,” Mr Eisner said. “We will acknowledge that that is the result, but his motivation was substantially to have social connections he was simply incapable of having.”


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source: reuters
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