California teen pleads guilty to extorting young women for nude photos

Nov. 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM
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TEMECULA, Calif., Nov. 1 (UPI) -- A California teenager has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into women's web cams, and threatening to publish nude photos of them, federal prosecutors say.

Court documents indicate Jared Abrahams, 19, of Temecula, agreed to plead guilty to extortion and unauthorized access of protected computers, The Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise reported Thursday. He will serve 27 to 33 months in prison.

Abrahams' victims included the current Miss Teen USA, the newspaper said.

Abrahams, a college computer science student, hacked into at least a dozen young women's computers and used their web cameras to take nude photos and videos from 2012 until June 2013, federal prosecutors said.

He emailed the photos to the women, telling them he would put the photos online unless they sent him nude photos.

One of the women Abrahams contacted, Cassidy Wolf, who won the Miss Teen USA this summer, reported the scheme to authorities. She recognized some of the photos as being taken in her home on her laptop camera.

Investigators tracked Abrahams through his email address.

Some of the women were as far away as Ireland and Moldova, but FBI officials said Abrahams focused on Wolf because she was well known. Some of the victims were minors.

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