Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, and 7 other victims of “sextortion” could be on the way to getting justice, according to NBC. Jared James Abrahams, 19, who is from Temecula, California, pleaded guilty to three counts of extortion and one count of hacking yesterday. He was released on bond until sentencing on March 17, 2014. Abrahams faces up to 11 years in federal prison and $1 million in fines.
The terms of the agreement severely limit his access to the internet. He has to notify his probation officer before using any computer or device that is capable of accessing the Internet or email as well as when upgrading software. He also cannot possess nude images on those devices, nor can he contact his victims. He cannot come within 100 yards of them.
Abrahams used malware to control the webcams of his victims to take pictures and videos of them changing clothes, then used those pictures to threaten them. According to the complaints brought against him, he acquired unauthorized access to the computers of women from southern California and Maryland. But, he didn’t stop there. He also had access to the computers of women, including at least one minor, in several countries, like Ireland, Canada, Russia and Moldova.
The FBI first learned of Abrahams’ “sextortion” attempts back in March from an 18-year-old victim known as “C.W.”. She said she first became aware that something was wrong when she received an email alert that her password had been changed on a social media site. That email was followed by an extortionate email with nude photos attached, in which Abrahams threatened to plaster the pictures all over the internet.
“C.W.” said Abrahams threatened to “turn her dream of being a model….into a porn star” if she did not comply with what he was demanding.
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