Man Charged With Extortion Remotely Hacked Into Computers for Homemade Porn
According to the AP, he sometimes hacked into e-mail accounts as well, and, posing as his target's boyfriend, would ask the unsuspecting woman to produce a homemade porno for his viewing pleasure. Occasionally, Mijangos even gained control over a victim's webcam by remotely turning it on and off at will, recording some women in compromising situations. Once he obtained the embarrassing material, he often threatened to publicly release it unless the woman provided him with more explicit footage. Mijangos, in his defense, admitted to hacking into the computers, but told FBI officials he only did so at the request of husbands or boyfriends, who wanted to find out if their significant others were cheating.
Thom Mzorek, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office, says that, while hacking extortion cases are rare, Mijangos's case is particularly unique, since it "doesn't involve demands for money but for [...] sexually explicit videos." And, if you think about it, that makes the story even more chilling. The hacker's preliminary hearing is set for July 13th, and he has since been released on a $10,000 bond. Fortunately for all of us, though, federal authorities have ensured the public he won't be anywhere near a computer. [From: CBS/AP]