The complaint says that the FBI first learned of the alleged sextortion in March via 18-year-old "C. Have a heart." Abrahams allegedly responded, "I'll tell you this right now. " If convicted, Abrahams faces two years in federal prison. Wolf is from Temecula and was Miss Riverside County Teen USA and then Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant last month at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas.
W.," who became concerned when she received an alert from a social networking site saying her password had been changed. But the investigation is continuing and additional charges haven't been ruled out, according to federal investigators. She turned 19 in July and now lives in Orange County.
She said she then received "an extortionate email" with nude photographs attached. told the FBI that she had never knowingly allowed anyone to take nude photographs of her, and had never taken any herself. Abrahams surrendered to agents at the FBI's Orange County office. She said in media interviews that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer.
A webcam is a video camera that feeds or streams its image in real time to or through a computer to a computer network.
When "captured" by the computer, the video stream may be saved, viewed or sent on to other networks via systems such as the internet, and emailed as an attachment.
During execution of a search warrant at his home 75 miles southeast of Los Angeles, alleges the complaint, the suspect “admitted to infecting people’s computers with malware; watching his victims change their clothes; and using photographs against his victims.” He also said that a victim identified in the complaint as “C.
W.” was the first person whose computer he hacked, and that he knew her personally.
When sent to a remote location, the video stream may be saved, viewed or on sent there.
Unlike an IP camera (which connects using Ethernet or Wi-Fi), a webcam is generally connected by a USB cable, or similar cable, or built into computer hardware, such as laptops.
She didn’t give in to the extortionist’s demands, she told her parents what was happening, and contacted the police so they could investigate.
Fortunately, Abrahams was caught, and received an 18 month prison sentence for his crimes against Wolf and other victims. In May last year, the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit, announced it had arrested almost 100 people worldwide, in an operation targeting the developers and users of Blackshades, a kit of malware tools sold online for just .
The incident, in which someone was able to hack into Wolf's computer and turn on its webcam, is the latest in a string of so-called "sextortion" cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer's own hardware to glean compromising information or images.
A judge sentenced 35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Florida to 10 years in federal prison in December for hacking into the e-mail accounts of celebrities including Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson.
Abrahams sent Wolf an anonymous email, threatening to post the intimate photographs of her on social media websites, unless she agreed to send additional photos to him or (eww…) strip for him during a Skype video chat.