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Jared James Abrahams, 20, was recently sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for hacking into as many as 150 online accounts in order to force young women to send him nude photos and videos of themselves.
He hacked into victims' e-mail accounts, social media accounts and computers, then used any nude photos he found to extort more nude photos and videos from his victims.
"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," prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memo.
"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," the prosecutors added. "Stated differently, individuals like defendant have the ability to affect a person’s life in frightening ways by using the broad reach of the Internet."
The FBI recommends that all computer users ensure that their passwords are difficult to guess, avoid opening unverified attachments, use up-to-date anti-virus software, and cover their webcams when not in use.
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