Print 34 comment(s) - last by tng.. on Feb 1 at 4:24 PM

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

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

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.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

Most Popular ArticlesSmartphone Screen Protectors – What To Look For
September 21, 2016, 9:33 AM
UN Meeting to Tackle Antimicrobial Resistance
September 21, 2016, 9:52 AM
Walmart may get "Robot Shopping Carts?"
September 17, 2016, 6:01 AM
5 Cases for iPhone 7 and 7 iPhone Plus
September 18, 2016, 10:08 AM
Update: Problem-Free Galaxy Note7s CPSC Approved
September 22, 2016, 5:30 AM

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki