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.
Sextortionist Hacked Miss Teen USA For Nude Pics
Sextortionist Hacked Miss Teen USA For Nude Pics: LAist
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. Abrahams and Wolf went to high school together.
How the FBI found Miss Teen USA’s webcam spy
Wolf has told reporters that prior to being crowned, she received an anonymous email from someone who claimed to have nude photos of her, taken via the webcam on her computer. Wolf told Today News that about four months ago, Facebook notified her about somebody trying to log into her account from another state. The [camera] light didn't even go on, so I had no idea.
Watching all of those webcams to see when a young woman changes her clothes takes a serious time commitment, and Abrahams made one; he "was always at his computer," according the FBI complaint against him. How did Abrahams get his start learning the intricacies of remote administration tools RATs , the malware used to spy on his victims? Not surprisingly, he was a regular user of hackforums.