FBI: ‘Sextortion’ Hacker Coerced 350 Women Into Stripping
Accounts hacked and over 350 women coerced into taking their clothes off
A 27-year-old male has been arrested under suspicion of hacking people’s email and Facebook accounts, and blackmailing them into taking their clothes off as he watched over Skype.
Karen “Gary” Kazaryan, who was named in a 30-count indictment, was arrested by special agents with the FBI yesterday morning. It is believed he hacked into accounts, changed passwords and then got in touch with victims’ contacts, convincing them to strip on webcam.
He also allegedly searched emails for pictures of his victims in the nude, as well as additional passwords to break into other accounts.
According to the FBI, even after victims had cottoned on to what Kazaryan was doing, he extorted them again, using the photos he had obtained to coerce the victims to remove their clothing yet again.
“According to a search warrant executed in 2011 and unsealed today, Kazaryan repeatedly contacted victims to demand that they expose their breasts to him on Skype, and used their email and Facebook accounts to make contact with other victims,” the FBI said in a statement.
“Kazaryan allegedly posted nude photos of some victims on their Facebook pages when they failed to comply with his demands.”
It was claimed he convinced over 350 women to remove their garments. Authorities found approximately 3,000 pictures of nude or semi-nude women on Kazaryan’s computer, officials said.
He was charged with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, and now faces a maximum penalty of 105 years in jail.
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