Jared James Abrahams, Alleged International Sextortion Hacker, Has Family That's Sorry

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See the update on Page 2 with more about the suspect--and an apology--followed by tips to avoid becoming a sextortion victim.

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ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 26, 1:57 P.M.: Remember Luis Mijangos, the wheelchair-bound Santa Anan who idolized Marvel Comics superhero Professor X and was convicted of using his advanced hacking skills to infect the computers of 44 girls and 186 women he blackmailed into sending him sexually explicit videos of themselves?

Federal authorities say they have found Mijangos' match--19-year-old Jared James Abrahams of Temecula--and again there is an Orange County connection, as well as to Miss California Teen USA.

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Abrahams, a college student down there in Bachelorette Wine Country Partyland, allegedly extorted young women into sending him nude photos or videos of themselves or engaging in nasty Skype sessions. He was scheduled to appear this afternoon before Judge Jean P. Rosenbluth at the federal courthouse in Santa Ana.

Among his alleged victims is a young women who had the images taken at her then-home in Orange County, according to the complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney's office for the Central District of California.

An 18-year-old woman, identified in the complaint as "C.W.," alerted the FBI in March after receiving an alert from a social networking site advising of a failed attempt to change her password. She later discovered her passwords had been changed on multiple online accounts and that one online profile featured a half-nude picture of her she did not authorize. She passed along to the feds an e-mail that offered her the choice of complying with the anonymous hacker or having her nude photographs posted "all over the Internet."

In one instance, C.W. was threatened with having her "dream of being a model" transformed "into a porn star" if she did not comply, reads the complaint.

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Cassidy Wolf on Today last month.
Although the bureau won't confirm the identities of sex-crime victims, C.W. is more than likely Cassidy Wolf, Miss California Teen USA, who confirmed she was a victim of sextortion on NBC's Today show in August and has since dedicated her reign to helping other victims.

"I was just a normal girl in high school," she explained to the show's hosts at the time. "This next year I'm just so excited to be able to share my story and raise awareness in young teens about what can happen."

She warned this could happen to anyone.

"I wasn't aware that somebody was watching me [on my webcam]," she said on Today. "The light [on the camera] didn't even go on, so I had no idea."

The subsequent FBI investigation after C.W.'s complaint traced the e-mails back to Abrahams, and for the next several months he was tracked hacking into multiple victims' online accounts via malicious software and tools to disguise his identity, according to the complaint.

He sent anonymous emails to some females he knew and others he did not know threatening to publish embarrassing images he'd captured on webcams if they did not send him nude selfies or videos of themselves to him, the feds allege. Another option Abrahams is alleged to have offered are the naughty Skype sessions.

A search of the computer in Abrahams' residence in June uncovered hacking software, images and videos of some victims as well as malware and remote administration tools employed the domain name "cutefuzzypuppy," according to court documents. The same domain name was linked to discussion boards in hacker forums by a participant researching, among other things, ways to spread malware and control webcams, the complaint alleges.

Abrahams is accused of victimizing other women in Southern California as well as Maryland, Ireland, Canada, Russia and Moldova, according to the complaint. At least one victim is said to be a minor.

An Irish victim, identified in the complaint only as M.M. #1, is said to have written to the hacker, "I'm downloading Skype now. Please remember I'm only 17. Have a heart." The reply? "I'll tell you this right now! I do NOT have a heart!!! However I do stick to my deals! Also age doesn't mean a thing to me!!!" It may to a federal jury, however.

The feds claim that during an interview, Abrahams acknowledged he: infected victim's computers with malware; watched his victims in states of undress; and used photographs to extort his victims, among other admissions.

Investigators believe there may be women out there who Abrahams victimized but have not been identified by prosecutors. If you believe that's you, contact the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office at 310.477.6565. The feds note the charge of extortion carries a statutory maximum penalty of 2 years in federal prison, but that time can be compounded with each offense that brings a conviction.

On the next page, an update on Jared James Abrahams' surrender, first court appearance and apology. That's followed by FBI tips on ways to avoid becoming a sextortion victim.



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JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

Thank god for our government's surveillance programs that enabled us to collect all the network transactions evidence necessary to nail this freak.

Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

Not that I will do it, but could someone show me how to commandeer home security cams and such?

Dawn April Day
Dawn April Day

Can ruin everybody else, make others cry and feel angry and violated, but needs his mommy's support when he's facing the judge. Man up, chump.

figureitout
figureitout

"the defendant's mother told the judge she's home all day and can monitor her son,"  Presumably the mother was home WHILE he was upstairs doing this, so what's to say she's going to prevent him from doing it again?  The judge was way too lenient, and should have set the bail at a million (if at all).  He's a pervert, and I say he gets tossed into prison, and after he gets out -it's Megan's Law for him.

Dawn April Day
Dawn April Day

What a scumbag chilmo. Get rid of these trashbags lingering around in Orange County. Sick.

Jay Grayson
Jay Grayson

Only. 2 years maximum? That seems ridiculously low for ruining the lives of dozens

Rebekah Marie
Rebekah Marie

Peversion and blackmail are not a symptoms of Autism.

Bill Martin
Bill Martin

where does this prick live i will knock the crap out of him what a little fucken pussy

Matt Ulfelder
Matt Ulfelder

That doesn't mean he's any less of a sick individual.

Rich Ezeikiel
Rich Ezeikiel

Maybe after he is a vicitm for a few years we can prevent him from raping women because he will know what its like to be a woman.

Steven Rangel
Steven Rangel

Either he's really smart or those girl were really dumb lol

Rich Ezeikiel
Rich Ezeikiel

Now someone will be watching him undress while they give him orders. Serves him right.

scrapebots
scrapebots

Hopefully they will break his arms in prison so he wont be oogling children anymore. Now the chomo will learn what it feels like to be forcefully watched while he gets nude and is told what to do. 

Steve Contreras
Steve Contreras

nice to see an on-line bully get caught .. i bet he's not smirking anymore like he was in this pic.

Otis Denim
Otis Denim

The computer has to be on to hack live video . People, power down ! Malbots can't bite without juice . Also, what is the purpose of a webcam ? It's for shooting images . If you are nude in front of a cam , don't be suprised if it records you (with or without your permission) . JJ Abrahams should work in the Facebook ad dept .

René Bruce
René Bruce

Did ya see his mommy and grand mommy holding his hand when they let him out on bail, total PUSSY !

spencerj05
spencerj05

@Jay Sukom It's 2 years PER charge, by public accounts he did this to hundreds of computers....

spencerj05
spencerj05

@Maria Moffa Levenson So?

If he's sick enough to do this he either needs to be placed in jail for his crimes or in a mental facility because he's a danger. Is he entering an insanity plea?

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