The 19-year-old Californian man turned himself in to FBI agents on Thursday. If found guilty, he's looking at up to two years in federal prison on the charge of extortion after allegedly hacking more than a dozen women's computers, taking nude images via their webcams, and contacting then in an attempt to get more images out of them.
The FBI is investigating Wolf's claims that her webcam was hacked and that an extortionist demanded money to keep nude photos out of the public eye. She's only one of many victims, but she's turned her alleged victimization into a platform from which to educate teens about the dangers of cybercrime and how they can protect themselves.
Do only the truly paranoid stick bandages over their webcams so they don't get surreptitiously recorded? Well, a BBC producer posing as a computer security enthusiast talked to webcam hackers who said that the hack is simple to do.
Webcam extortion the other way around: hot girls extorting men.
Be careful out there, and keep your trousers on chaps.
In response to an increased number of sexual blackmailers harassing and terrorising young girls online, the FBI has published tips to help young people better protect themselves. We also added a few more for good measure.
The FBI has arrested a 27-year-old man, who they claim hacked the accounts of Facebook users, and coerced hundreds of women into stripping while he watched via Skype.
Learn more about this case, and a history of other hackers who have spied on their victims via webcams.
The Georgian government's CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) claims it has linked an internet attack to Russia's security services, and even turned the tables on a hacker it believes was involved by secretly taking over his computer and taking video footage of him.
After further analysis, more information has emerged about the Morcut Mac OS X malware which was discovered this week.
It's jail for a 21-year-old Californian man who tricked female victims into taking their spyware-infected laptops into the shower with them.
Thousands of secretly-taken still images and videos were found on Trevor Harwell's computer.
A man who hacked into over 100 computers, and used personal information stolen from them to extort sexually explicit videos of young women and teenage girls, has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Imagine the scene: you buy a second-hand laptop and use it to, among other things, have secret sexy video chats with your significant other. Unbeknownst to you, naked photos of you are being taken by a company hired to track down the stolen laptop.
The US Secret Service has confiscated computer equipment from a Brooklyn artist who installed webcam spyware on computers at two New York Apple stores.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly infecting young women's Mac computers with spyware that could commandeer their webcam.
A product called "PrivateEye" uses your computer's webcam to identity your face. While you're looking at the screen, PrivateEye's facial recognition software knows not to do anything - but as soon as you look away, the contents of your screen become an unintelligible blur.
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 Read more…
I've discussed before the problem of perverts and cyberstalkers using malware to grab control over their victims' webcams , in order to secretly spy upon people in their bedrooms. On occasions, hackers have exploited the technology to blackmail young women Read more…