Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for hacking into at least 350 women's online accounts and computers, accessing naked pictures of his victims, and then using those images to coerce them into sending him more pictures of themselves naked (h/t Softpedia).
Kazaryan was arrested in January 2013, and pled guilty in July to felony counts of computer hacking and aggravated identity theft.
"Kazaryan is a sexual cyber terrorist," prosecutors wrote in sentencing papers recommending a six-year prison term. "He hacked into hundreds of victims' e-mail, Facebook, and Skype accounts using their usernames and passwords or password reset questions. He then methodically searched their accounts for naked pictures, passwords, and the contact information of their friends. He had two goals every time that he accessed these accounts: get more naked pictures in any way he could and get more victims."
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, in a letter to the judge, Kazaryan blamed his actions on depression and marijuana. "The lines between digital life and reality were blurred and out of control for me," he wrote.