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. Jared James Abrahams, a year-old computer science student from Temecula, California, surrendered on Thursday to the FBI on federal extortion charges, the agency announced. Authorities say he victimized young women surreptitiously, by taking control of their computers then photographing them as they changed out of their clothes. District Judge Jean Rosenbluth ruled that he could use a single desktop computer at his parents' home for school only, albeit only after monitoring software is applied. When he admitted what he'd done in June, Abrahams said he had 30 to 40 "slave computers" -- or other people's electronic devices he controlled -- and has had as many as total, according to a criminal complaint. His arrest came six months after a teenager identified in court documents as C.
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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. As cutefuzzypuppy, Abrahams asked for plenty of help distributing software like DarkComet to victims, since he "suck[ed] at social engineering" and needed to find better ways to spread his spyware. He also announced his successes.
Jared James Abrahams, a year-old computer science student from Temecula, California, surrendered on Thursday to the FBI on federal extortion charges, the agency announced. Authorities say he victimized young women surreptitiously, by taking control of their computers then photographing them as they changed out of their clothes. His arrest came six months after a teenager identified in court documents as C. At the time she contacted police, in March, Wolf was not a national figure — even though she was Miss Teen California — and lived in an apartment and attended Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. Wolf got a Facebook alert that someone had tried to change her password to the social networking site, then noticed other passwords had been changed and that her Twitter avatar was now a half-nude picture of herself. A short time later, she received what would be the first of many messages, this one featuring pictures of Wolf at her Riverside County address and others apparently taken months earlier when she lived in Orange County, says the criminal complaint. The messenger had taken great efforts to hide his online identity.
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.