- Being semi-famous makes you a target for all sorts of sickos.
- Make the password for your home WiFi very difficult to guess.
- No birthdays, no phone numbers, and nothing that is publicly available
- Using the “clearnet” to communicate threats is really stupid.
- Minimize the number of devices on WiFi
- Turn off Bluetooth on davices when not in use.
- The Bluetooth protocol has widely known security vulnerabilities
- If you are using a myDLink account to access your home router or home wireless surveillance cameras,have the email account associated with the myDLink account be something that cannot be extrapolated from a Craigslist posting or a Social Media account
- The same password rules apply to your myDLink account.
- Periodically change the passwords for your social media accounts
- Put a band-aid over the built-in webcam of your laptop
- Put a band-aid over the built in microphone of your laptop as well.
- Use a LiveCD Operating system each time as well.
Miss Teen USA Extortion Plot Foiled, Suspect Arrested
By CHRISTOPHER WEBER 09/26/13 03:30 PM ET EDT
SANTA ANA, Calif. — A 19-year-old man was arrested Thursday in an investigation into the hacking of webcams at the homes of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other young women in an attempt to extort nude photographs and videos, the FBI said.
Jared James Abrahams of Temecula surrendered to agents at the FBI office in Orange County, said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.
He was scheduled to be in federal court in Santa Ana later in the day, Eimiller said.
Wolf, a 19-year-old graduate of Great Oak High School in Temecula, won the Miss Teen USA crown Aug. 9. According to the criminal complaint that names her by initials, she was one of several female victims. The other victims were not identified.
Last month, Wolf told the website of NBC’s “Today” show that earlier this year she received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer.
The sender of the email threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf’s webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself, Eimiller said.
Instead, Wolf went to authorities.
Based on an investigation launched in March the FBI said there were “multiple” victims from Riverside County, where Temecula is located, and beyond.
According to the complaint, Abrahams used malicious software to disguise his identity in order to capture nude photos or videos of victims through remote operation of cameras on their home computers without their consent. He allegedly contacted some victims using others’ email accounts he had taken over. Abrahams, the complaint alleges, threatened to make public the images and videos unless they submitted to one of three demands: send nude photos, send a nude video, or log onto Skype and do what he says for five minutes.
FBI agents raided Abrahams’ Temecula home in June and seized computers and hardware, cellphones and hacking software, court records show.
Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA, has said she would use her fame to highlight cybercrime.
- FBI probes nude photo extortion of Miss Teen USA (thenewstribune.com)
- Miss Teen USA Hacked: Cassidy Wolf Victim of ‘Sextortion’ Scheme (theepochtimes.com)
- Miss Teen USA Says Someone Hacked Her Bedroom Computer Webcam (businessinsider.com)
- FBI Probes Nude Photo Extortion Of Miss Teen USA (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
- FBI probe Miss Teen USA nude photo plot (wptv.com)
- TEMECULA: Miss Teen USA warns of cyber-stalking (pe.com)
- FBI probes nude photo extortion of Miss Teen USA (kfwbam.com)
- Use Your Home Or Office Router To Surf Safely From A Remote Location (futurelawyer.typepad.com)
- Hack to School: Beware the open school wi-fi (zdnet.com)
- Hacker accused of plotting to extort nude photos from Miss Teen USA (calgaryherald.com)