Man arrested for hacking webcams
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
A man was arrested Thursday for taking illegally taking naked photos of women and then blackmailing them. Authorities say 19-year-old Jared James Abrahams hacked webcams on numerous computers, took photos of the subjects—all of them young women—in states of undress and then threatened to reveal the images to others if the subjects did not send him more nude photos.
Abrahams surrendered to the FBI and was then released on $50,000 bail after appearing in court. The judge ruled Abrahams could utilize one computer and only after monitoring software was added. Abrahams said he had hacked approximately 150 devices.
Among those he extorted was Cassidy Wolf, who was named Miss Teen USA in August and has been spreading knowledge of how to prevent cyberstalking. Wolf told authorities of the blackmail attempt in March after Abrahams contacted her. At least one of the women he took photos of was under 18 at the time.
FBI agents were able to link emails, IP addresses and forum questions about hacking to Abrahams, who admitted to the crime when questioned by agents in June. His lawyer told the media Abrahams, a college freshman from California, is autistic.