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Hacker faces over a century of prison time

A computer hacker named Karen "Gary" Kazaryan is currently before a federal grand jury in the Central District of California. A grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against the hacker and if convicted, Kazaryan could face as much as 105 years in federal prison.

The federal indictment alleges that the 27-year-old hacker scoured social media accounts and broke into email accounts hoping to score nude or semi-nude pictures of women. Not content with simply accessing nude photos from those hacked accounts, Kazaryan took his antics a step further by posing as a Facebook friend and coercing the victimized women to strip via webcam.
He then used the original images that he hacked along with the images captured from the webcam footage to blackmail over 350 females to encourage even more stripping via webcam. For those that questioned his motives or refused to submit to his wishes, Kazaryan would retaliate by posting the images of the women on their Facebook accounts.

The investigation into the hacker is ongoing, but federal agents have reportedly recovered 3,000 nude or semi-nude photographs on the man's computer. 

Cases like this one are all too common these days. Anthony Stancl received 15 years in prison for blackmailing 31 people into having sex with him, using Facebook as a conduit.

Source: Associated Press

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And he will deserve every day of it
By tayb on 1/31/2013 8:56:46 AM , Rating: 3
I hope he shares a prison cell with a big burly man who likes to play "make believe."

RE: And he will deserve every day of it
By retrospooty on 1/31/2013 9:21:36 AM , Rating: 5
LOL... All that aside, how on Earth did he get that many women to give up that type of images on the internet. Impostor or not, how freegin stupid do you have to be to put anything on the internet that you dont want seen???? But that many people is amazing.

RE: And he will deserve every day of it
By Brandon Hill on 1/31/2013 9:24:59 AM , Rating: 5
Yeah, that's the part that gets me. The first problem is that these women had nude pictures at all online. Naked pictures in email accounts, naked pictures likely shared in "private" groups on Facebook.

Then all this guy had to do was just break in, access the photos, and blackmail them. I hate to say it, but a person that is willing to keep nude photos of themselves in email accounts and on Facebook are the ones most gullible to fall for this guy's blackmail attempts... he knew this and used it to his advantage.

By BillyBatson on 1/31/2013 11:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with most of what you said... especially on the FB side of things, but when it CES to email I disagree. It's not absurd to expect that ones own private email with a strong password should be secure enough to store anything we want; it's email and it doesn't tend to get shared. Same with snail-mail whether I get sent a new videocard or nude pics by someone I expect it to be secure without someone going in and taking whatever is in it yet many of us received expensive packages all the time. The right thing to do isn't to stop storing stuff in emails but to go straight to the police when you have become compromised!
With cloud storage and computing this is just going to become a much worse problem. You can't tell people not to store sensitive information online such as work related materials or your own nudes we just have to educate the majority of the public about the dangers and best ways to secure info with better passwords etc. if you disagree or not these types of problems are just going to keep growing.

RE: And he will deserve every day of it
By gbk99 on 1/31/13, Rating: -1
RE: And he will deserve every day of it
By Brandon Hill on 1/31/2013 9:56:54 AM , Rating: 5
Is that you, Kobe?

By retrospooty on 1/31/2013 12:04:03 PM , Rating: 2
LOL +1 for that ;)

By spamreader1 on 1/31/2013 10:39:34 AM , Rating: 2
I pray that was meant to be satire.

By Reclaimer77 on 1/31/2013 3:37:29 PM , Rating: 3
Because (most) women are stupid and don't think logically when presented with a challenge or a threat. Their first instinct is to make it go away, even if it means giving in.

Yeah yeah I know, but sorry I had to say it how it was. Just give me the -1, you peace fuzz testicle virgins :)

By tayb on 1/31/2013 5:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
It's not stupidity it's ignorance. I could park outside your house/apartment, break into your wifi network, and monitor all of your traffic and I wouldn't need anything but a couple of programs freely available on the internet. Most people believe the illusion that they're safe or secure so they don't think twice. If you have never experienced or been told anything to the contrary why wouldn't you believe your email is a safe place to put such things??

It's sad to me how many people are attacking the women. These are innocent human beings who were taken advantage of and coerced into performing lewd acts to avoid public humiliation. This asshole needs to rot in jail to deter future assholes from attempting the same stunts.

By tng on 2/1/2013 4:24:43 PM , Rating: 2
...using Facebook as a conduit.
Again, how many people have been burned by a FB hack and yet there are women who put nude pics of themselves in so-called "private" areas?
how freegin stupid do you have to be to put anything on the internet that you dont want seen????

I don't think that stupid is the correct term. Maybe to trusting of FB security, or naive.

Just saying that FB has been the source of so many privacy issues that I am surprised that people put anything on there.

By theapparition on 1/31/2013 9:26:14 AM , Rating: 3
At least he's got the right first name to be "Bubba's" b|itch.

Jackin' Off to your Facebook picture
By RabidDog on 1/31/2013 9:46:34 AM , Rating: 2
By Brandon Hill on 1/31/2013 10:04:26 AM , Rating: 2
That guy looks high as &^^$!!!

By Beenthere on 1/31/2013 2:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
He should get 1 year for each woman he blackmailed. That would be reasonable punishment, IMO.

now i see
By ilostmypen on 1/31/2013 2:31:39 PM , Rating: 2
Ahh... so that's where all those videos came from. *goes back to pr0n site*

By p05esto on 1/31/2013 7:49:41 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously, who falls for this kind of stuff? Too many dense people out there. Yet I do feel bad for these women of course, some people are very ugly inside.

By HermioneSmithe2 on 1/31/13, Rating: -1
LOL @ justice system
By gbk99 on 1/31/13, Rating: -1
RE: LOL @ justice system
By Digimonkey on 1/31/2013 10:08:29 AM , Rating: 1
It's the number involved. It's like 350 counts of blackmail and however many counts of breaking into computer accounts. The penalty should be very severe. Though life in prison doesn't seem appropriate for this crime I agree, I'd like to see something like 20 years community service or something like it.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Gondor on 1/31/2013 4:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
Perhaps he could run lectures on perils of sociopathic^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hal networking for the computer-illiterate women ?

RE: LOL @ justice system
By x10Unit1 on 1/31/2013 10:22:54 AM , Rating: 4
Agreed. But it is also foolish of us to think that there is any "justice" in the justice system anymore.

I am sure we have all had a friend or friend of a friend get the book thrown at them while another repeat offender of the same type of crime get a slap in the wrist.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By mike66 on 1/31/2013 7:08:02 PM , Rating: 2
In this case there is a charge that victim, perpurtraitor and prosecutor need to answer too, victim for posting porn on line ( that's what nude photos are ), perpurtrator for taking advantage of these people, prosecutor for a 105 year sentence instead of life ( who lives past 100 in the jail system ). The charge of stupidity.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Jeffk464 on 1/31/2013 10:43:37 AM , Rating: 1
I was thinking the same thing, seems a little excessive for a non violent crime. This fits more into the fraud/extortion category.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Jeffk464 on 1/31/2013 10:47:43 AM , Rating: 4
Also seems a little strange that the women would strip on camera over the internet because they were afraid nude images of themselves would get out. My thinking would have been that the strip video would then be plastered all over the internet.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Jeffk464 on 1/31/2013 10:49:26 AM , Rating: 3
Also what's with these guys, its not like there aren't already plenty of legally available videos of women stripping. Probably to many for one guy to get through in a lifetime.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By tayb on 1/31/2013 6:16:57 PM , Rating: 3
There was a story on this very site a few months ago about a teenage girl who was the victim of this sort of thing. After a couple of blackmailed "sessions" she finally said no, the blackmailer went through with his threat, and the girl committed suicide.

Physical violence is not the only thing that deserves long prison sentences. Scars and wounds will heal... emotional damage can last decades.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By safcman84 on 1/31/2013 11:01:32 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with most of what you said, except this line...

"fooling around with women and having them do what women enjoy doing anyway."

These women obvioulsy didnt mind sharing photos with private facebook groups, but not all women would. I also think there is a big difference when forced to do something, even if you enjoy when done willingly.

Most women I know enjoy sex, but if they are forced to do it for someone then that is called rape (even if they normally enjoy it)....

Now this is not rape, cos there was no physical abuse, so he should get about 5 years.

The women should also be sent on an internet/computer security course for dummies. Hell, force social sites, online email services etc to put an e-learning about security - on which the user needs to answer questions before their new accounts get validated (we can't expect majority of people to know shit all about online security).

RE: LOL @ justice system
By gbk99 on 1/31/2013 1:38:08 PM , Rating: 1
So taxpayers need to pay for classes ?!?! Are you mad? Anyway, Facebook is a toy and the justice system is treating it like bank account. All these women had inappropriate material on there anyway. Posting on Facebook is like walking down the street naked. Your choice, anyone can look. 3-5 years max. End of story.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By steedsrva87 on 1/31/2013 11:47:25 AM , Rating: 3
So child rapist and billion dollar wall street thieves get a slap on the hand while this guy gets 100 years in jail fooling around with women

Do not forget athletes at places like VA Tech who can get away with rape and worse... I think the girls who they raped were either kicked out of school or threatened as well, mmm the justice system in sports for you.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By kamiller422 on 1/31/2013 12:08:09 PM , Rating: 1
We better lighten the maximum penalty lest he kill himself.

"Don't do the crime if you can't do the time."

Article states maximum penalty. He hasn't been convicted. He might skate on half of these or more or receive greatly lessened sentences.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Jeffk464 on 1/31/2013 5:43:58 PM , Rating: 2
Penalties should fit the crime. I think most people would agree that we shouldn't hang somebody for stealing a loaf of bread.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By Jeffk464 on 1/31/2013 5:46:09 PM , Rating: 2
There is also consecutive and concurrent sentences. So he could get something like 5 years for each and serve them all at one time or they could line them up, that's how you get to the 100 year sentence. Our system is really jacked when you can have this kind of variation.

RE: LOL @ justice system
By roykahn on 1/31/2013 6:21:02 PM , Rating: 2
But his crimes involved hacking and the interwebs. He'll get life fer sure.

See, this is what happens when there's not enough porn on the internet.

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