Hacker Faces up to 105 Years in Prison for Blackmailing 350 Women to Strip Online
January 31, 2013 8:38 AM
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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.
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RE: And he will deserve every day of it
1/31/2013 9:24:59 AM
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.
RE: And he will deserve every day of it
1/31/2013 11:59:45 PM
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.
"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet. A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis
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