Webcam cyber-sextortionist preyed on over 200 women

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A perverted hacker who spied upon more than 200 women via their webcams and microphones, after infecting their computers with malware, was arrested earlier this year by the FBI after a two year investigation.

The 31-year-old man broke into victims’ personal computers, and stole personal information. Threatening to share the private information with their parents and email contacts, the man pressured the young women (some of them still young teenagers) into providing him with risque pictures and videos.

The FBI’s Los Angeles cyber division, who investigated the case, described the case as a chilling example of “sextortion”.

According to a report on the FBI’s website, the attacks were spread by the hacker who posed as a young woman on a…

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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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