Sextortionist Hacker Faces 105 Years in Prison
The FBI recently announced that hacker Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, has been arrested and charged with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft. Kazaryan allegedly hacked into victims' e-mail, Facebook and Skype accounts, then changed the passwords to lock the users out.
"He then allegedly searched emails or other files for naked or semi-naked pictures of the women, as well as other information, such as passwords and the names of their friends," writes The Los Angeles Times' Andrew Blankstein. "Kazaryan then posed online as those women and sent instant messages to their friends, coaxing them into removing their clothing so that he could view and take pictures of them, according to the indictment."
"The indictment also states that Kazaryan would use these pictures to blackmail some of his victims into providing more naked photographs or Skype video calls," writes The Register's Iain Thomson. "It is claimed that in some cases he posted nude photographs on Facebook as punishment, after some women refused his demands."