27-year-old hacker at center of online 'sextortion' scheme involving Skype and Facebook

27-year-old hacker at center of online 'sextortion' scheme involving Skype and Facebook

They’re calling it “sextortion.”

The “sextortionist,” so to speak, was a man in California alleged to have hacked into an untold number of Facebook, Skype and email accounts, all to perpetrate a scheme involving impersonation and coercion.

His goal was to get women to send him naked images, and if what the feds are saying is true, the 27-year-old seems to have largely succeeded, as he was able to procure around 3,000 images from more than 350 women.

The Facts

The 27-year-old man, after having hacked into the accounts, changed the passwords and then began his impersonations. As Andrew Blankstein reports for the Los Angeles Times, the man would pose as the woman on her Facebook account (which he’d hijacked), reach out to her friends and “coax” them into taking off their clothes.

He would then take pictures.

He would also blackmail women into baring their breasts on Skype, or post naked pictures of them on Facebook if they refused.

The Charges

Federal authorities charged the man with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, according to the Los Angeles Times, and could get more than a century in a federal penitentiary if convicted on all counts.

It’s somewhat surprising that there are no apparent charges for sex-related offenses, given the sexual nature of this case, although the feds are generally picky when it comes to charging a defendant for crimes that can be proven with solid evidence.

This law firm often handles sex-related offenses that take place online. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Baltimore Internet chat room crimes page.

Source: Glendale man targeted 350 women in ‘sextortion’ scheme, feds say

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