Miss Teen USA 'sextortionist' sentenced

Jared James Abrahams, who hacked women's computers with the intent to extort them, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   March 18, 2014 at 10:50 AM   |   Comments

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March 18 (UPI) -- The computer science college student who hacked into the webcams of dozens of women's computers and attempted to extort them into sending him nude photos was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.

Jared James Abrahams, 20, of Temecula, Calif., was arrested in November and pleaded guilty to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said.

Abrahams targeted a number of women, including Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, whom he knew from high school. He would take control of the social media and email accounts belonging to the women, and took naked photos of them using their computers' web cams. He then threatened to post the photos online, unless they sent him more nude photos or participated in a five-minute Skype session.

Wolf notified the FBI in March 2013, leading to Abrahams' arrest in November.

[Los Angeles Times]

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