(NBCNEWS) — A Southern California man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Monday for a “sextortion” scheme involving about a dozen young women, including current Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf.
Jared James Abrahams, 20, of Temecula, Calif., pleaded guilty in November to one count of computer hacking and three counts of extortion with extortion for allegedly using malicious software to control the computer webcams of victims and take nude photographs or videos, and then allegedly sending emails to the victims threatening to publish the photos or otherwise harm their reputations.
At the time he was charged, Abrahams admitted to infecting the victims’ computers with “malware” to access their data and control their webcams and then using a "Virtual Private Network" to disguise his identity when he sent threatening emails. The Cal State-San Marcos student said he had watched his victims change their clothes.
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