Jared James Abrahams, 19 answered a series of questions from U. District Judge James Selna, including an explanation of the crimes that were committed. Abrahams pleaded guilty to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorized computer access. Prosecutors say that over the past two years, Abrahams hacked into the computers of at least a dozen women in their late teens or early 20s from various states and countries, including Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf.
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Cassidy Wolf, who was crowned Miss Teen USA earlier this month, says that the webcam on her computer was hacked and someone took nude pictures of her without her knowledge. The hacker then allegedly tried to extort sexual favors from the 19 year old in exchange for not leaking the photos. I started screaming, bawling my eyes out. I was on the phone with my mom, and I felt helpless because I wasn't sure what to do, so it was a very terrifying moment," Wolf told the " Today " show video below. The thought of that just gave me nightmares. The message is to tell somebody. The longer it goes on, the worse it will get, so if you can get the word out. Talk to the authorities. The light [on the camera] didn't even go on, so I had no idea.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Story highlights Lawyer says Abrahams is autistic, expressed family's "profound regret" Authorities say he hijacked webcams, took photos, threatened to expose women One of his alleged victims was Cassidy Wolf, who is now Miss Teen USA FBI: Suspect released on bond, can use computer for school only. A college student was arrested Thursday for allegedly hijacking the webcams of young women -- among them reigning Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf -- taking nude images, then blackmailing his victims to send him more explicit material or else be exposed.
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.