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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 03:09:11 -0600 (CST)
By Iain Thomson in San Francisco
30th January 2013
The FBI has announced the arrest of a 27-year-old man over charges that he
hacked into the data of over 350 female victims and blackmailed them into
providing him with nude photographs and video calls.
Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, was arrested in Glendale, California on Tuesday
after being indicted on 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of
aggravated identity theft, and faces a possible 105 years in the Big House if
convicted. Police found over 3,000 images of women he is claimed to have
targeted on his computer.
According to the FBI – which dubbed the case one of "sextortion" – between 2009
and 2010, Kazaryan hacked into women's computers and email accounts in search
for images of the victim unclothed, as well as any passwords and details on
their female friends. He would then contact these friends, pretending to be the
victim, and persuade them to disrobe so he could take pictures of them.
The indictment also states that Kazaryan would use these pictures to blackmail
some of his victims into providing more naked photographs or Skype video calls.
It is claimed that in some cases he posted nude photographs on Facebook as
punishment, after some women refused his demands.
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