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.
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. Court records say he also sent the women anonymous emails telling them he had downloaded nude photos of them. If the women complied, Abrahams promised to destroy the images. Dressed in matching grey pants and shirt with a black jacket, Abrahams told the judge he has autism and has been under treatment for the past 10 years. Outside court, his attorney Alan Eisner said Abrahams apologizes for his actions, and that the autism played a contributing role in the scheme. She has spoken publically about the incident, saying she would use her fame to highlight cybercrime.
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.
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.