Sextortion photos are probably something Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf, never thought she'd have to face. On Sept. 27, 2013, WTVR.com reported that Jared James Abrahams, a 19-year-old computer science student from California, was arrested for allegedly "hijacking" the webcams of young women, including Cassidy Wolf. After allegedly obtaining nude images, he reportedly blackmailed the victims by threatening to expose the images if they didn't send him more. Supposedly, he would secretly photograph the women as they changed out of their clothes.
The good news about the sextortion photos is Abrahams surrendered to the FBI on federal extortion charges, and that only happened because of Cassidy Wolf. Wolf alerted authorities after she received alerts that someone was trying to change her passwords, and when her Twitter avatar changed into a half-naked pic of herself. After that, she got a warning from Abrahams, although she didn't know it was Abrahams at the time. Abrahams wrote:
“Either you do one of the things listed below or I upload these pics and a lot more (I have a LOT more and those are better quality) on all your accounts for everybody to see and your dream of being a model will be transformed into a pornstar (sic).”
Men taking or recording nude images of young women while they are in their homes, apartments or dorms is often seen as a joke. For example, in the movie "Revenge of the Nerds," the nerds placed recording devices in the sorority house of sorority girls who had been giving them a hard time. But "Revenge of the Nerds" was made in the early '80s. Today, as in the sextortion photos scandal, there are much more sophisticated ways to record images. These days hackers can use remote-access tools (RATs) that can activate microphones and webcams.
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