'I didn't realize this could happen': Cassidy Wolf, 19, speaks with Anderson Cooper about her 'sextortion' ordeal on Monday night, after her computer was hacked and a boy from her school secretly watched her via webcam for one year Wolf was sent an email containing a series of photos of herself changing, with Abrahams demanding better-quality photos, video and a five-minute sex show on Skype or he would make the images public, threatening to ruin her beauty pageant chances.
That said, the Washington , writing about malware-based surveillance techniques earlier this month, revealed that the FBI has been covertly accessing computer cameras without tripping webcam indicator lights “for several years.” The Wolf piece drove tabloid headlines because of the Miss Teen USA angle, but it’s the unambiguous FBI claim that’s truly chilling.
Highlighting the issue’s severity, earlier this week Johns Hopkins researchers confirmed in detail that, yes, it’s possible to hijack a computer webcam without triggering the indicator LED.
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She exposed the "sextortion" plot after being alerted about a failed attempt to change her Facebook password.
Wolf, who was crowned in August, then received an e-mail containing nude photos of her that were taken by the camera on her laptop."Here's what's going to happen!Wolf had first been alerted by Facebook that someone was trying to hack into her account. Abrahams turned himself into the FBI and admitted that he had done the same thing to 100-150 other victims, one of whom was a 14-year-old girl. Have a look at the official complaint on Abrahams below and to view the entire 22-page complaint by clicking here.She then realized someone had hacked her computer’s webcam and had been watching her for months, taking numerous scandalous photos of her in her own private bedroom. At least two complied with his demands."I hacked several girls' computers and, using their webcams, took photos of them when they weren't aware," Abrahams said in court, admitting that he was aware that he was extorting them.Abrahams knew some of his victims, including Wolf, a high school classmate.A 19-year-old California computer student pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking the webcams of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and a dozen other women worldwide and trying to blackmail them by going public with naked photos he secretly took.