Saturday 26 May 2018

California teen to plead guilty in 'sextortion' case against Irish girl

A CALIFORNIA man charged with hacking the computers of Miss Teen USA and a 17-year-old Irish girl is set to plead guilty to one charge of "sextortion" this month.

Jared James Abraham (19) may be sentenced to 33 months in prison and face a $1m fine.

 

The computer science major used a wide range of computers, mobile phones and hacking software to take over an estimated 40 machines worldwide.

 

He controlled the computers' webcams and gathered images of women in a number of countries, including Ireland.

 

He would then contact his victims and demand that they send him naked images or take part in live chat sessions. If they refused, he threatened to post their photos online to humiliate them.

 

The Irish victim begged with Abrahams to "have a heart," as she complied with his order to take off her clothes during a Skype session.

 

 "Please remember I'm 17," she pleaded. However, Abrahams ignored her distress.

 

 "I do NOT have a heart," he allegedly responded. "However I do stick to my deals. Also age doesn't mean a thing to me."

 

He came to the attention of the FBI when Cassidy Wolfe, the reigning Miss Teen USA, reported that her Facebook password had been changed. She told authorities that someone was demanding nude pictures of her.

 

When the FBI confronted Abrhams, he admitted to his hacking activities.

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