‘Peeping Tom’ arrested for webcam blackmail attack spree

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

FBI agents have arrested a man accused of hacking into more than 100 computers, and using personal information stolen from them to extort sexually explicit videos of young women and teenage girls.

31-year-old Luis Mijangos, of Santa Ana, California, was apprehended by the authorities after a six-month long investigation into his involvement in computer hacking, identity theft and voyeurism.

Computer forensics experts at the FBI claim that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers being used by approximately by 230 individuals with spyware. At least 44 of the victims are said to be juveniles.

It is alleged that Mijangos found his victims by sharing malware on peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing networks disguised as popular songs. Once the victims’ computers were infected, the malware would attempt to spread itself further in the form of poisoned instant messages.

With his malware in place, Mijanos is said to have been able to hack email accounts, search the PCs for sexually explicit…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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