By Associated Press Reporter. A year-old man was charged Thursday with hacking webcams at the home of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women to extort nude photos and videos from them, with authorities contending he forced several women to strip. She is identified only by her initials in the criminal complaint. Last month, Wolf told the website of NBC's "Today" show that earlier this year she received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer. The sender of the email threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf's webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself, Eimiller said - a crime commonly known as 'sextortion. Instead, Wolf went to authorities, and an investigation was launched in March. A federal complaint filed on Sept. An FBI agent's affidavit, included in the complaint, contends that Abrahams used malicious software to remotely operate webcams to capture nude photos and videos of at least seven women as they changed clothes - some of whom he knew personally and others he found by hacking Facebook pages. The agent alleged that Abrahams, when interviewed, acknowledged controlling 30 to 40 hacked computers and extorting some women. Abrahams, a college freshman majoring in computer science, allegedly would use the women's webcams to capture nude images, then send emails threatening to post them on their hacked social media accounts unless they either sent him nude photos, a nude video, or logged onto the Skype video chat service and follow his orders for five minutes.
Abrahams, a college freshman majoring in computer science, will face a charge of extorting nude photos and videos of not only Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, but more than a dozen other women, including victims in Ireland, Moldova and Canada, the FBI believe. According to the criminal complaint [PDF], Abrahams allegedly hacked computers and took nude photos or videos of his victims by remotely turning on their webcams. He would then allegedly email some of his victims, sending copies of the images and threatening to publish them on social media unless the women sent him more nude photos, sent a nude video, or logged onto Skype to do whatever he told them to do for five minutes. Images and videos of some victims were also found on the devices, according to the criminal complaint. The court documents refer to one victim as C. Wolf has publicly acknowledged that she is that victim.
Subscriber Account active since. He listened to private conversations she had in her bedroom with her family and took nude photos of her changing clothes. Wolf is one of half-a-million people who have been victims of creepware. Wolf says the hacker sent her an email with three attachments, notifying her that he had the nude images and threatening to make them public. He also put a tracker on her email account so he could tell when she opened the message, Wolf told CNN's Anderson Cooper. She's since put tape over her webcam and closes her computer whenever she isn't on it.
The newly-crowned Miss Teen USA was allegedly the victim of a "sextortion" in which an individual hacked into the computer in her Temecula bedroom in order to obtain naked photos. Cassidy Wolf of Temecula told the media this week that she was targeted before she had been awarded her crown, and her mother, Mary Wolf, said the investigation into the allegations had been going on for some time, according to the Press-Enterprise. Wolf explained that "she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer," reports the L. The pageant winner said the extortion—aka sextortion—plot involved the suspect trying to get money from Wolf so that the photos would not be made public. Federal authorities revealed that Wolf and about a dozen other women were allegedly victimized by the individual. FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller says the illegal activity is no longer taking place. Mary Wolf said the episode has been "scary and terrorizing" for Cassidy and her family.