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Miss Teen USA hacker sent to slammer for 18 months

Teenage hacker sent to prison for 18 months for his illegal hacking behavior.

Published Thu, Mar 20 2014 2:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Convicted teenage hacker Jared James Abrahams has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison following two years of compromising online accounts of women he later blackmailed. The 19 year old pleaded guilty last November to one count of unauthorized access of a computer and three counts of extortion, and reportedly broke into around 150 online accounts.

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Abrahams grabbed headlines after he compromised Miss Teen USA 2013 winner Cassidy Wolf, in which he accessed her computer and used their webcams to photograph them.

"As digital devices, email accounts, and social media accounts now contain the most intimate details of the public's daily lives, the impact of this type of hacking and extortion becomes more pronounced, troubling, and far-reaching," the U.S. Department of Justice noted. "In some cases, this type of criminal behavior can be life-changing for the victims - especially for vulnerable victims who may feel it is impossible to rebuild their tarnished reputations."

Users need to be more diligent in the type of images, videos, and other personal information they share online - and ensure they keep accounts password-protected with hard-to-guess passwords - and have updated anti-virus and anti-malware software. As Abrahams showed, it's not a bad idea to keep webcams covered when not in use, as well.

NEWS SOURCE:independent.co.uk

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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