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FBI probes nude photo extortion of Miss Teen USA

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:16 a.m. HST, Aug 17, 2013

TEMECULA, Calif. >> The FBI is investigating allegations that the newly crowned Miss Teen USA was the victim of someone who hacked into a webcam in her Southern California bedroom several months ago in an attempt to extort nude photographs from her.

Agents believe they have identified the person behind the alleged "sextortion" scheme, Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said Friday. No arrest has been made.

Cassidy Wolf, a 19-year-old graduate of Great Oak High School in Temecula, won the Miss Teen USA crown Saturday.

Wolf has said she would use her fame to highlight cybercrime, and earlier this week told the website of NBC's "Today" show that several months ago she received an anonymous email in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer.

The emailer threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf's webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself, Eimiller said.

Instead, Wolf went the authorities.

"Many victims are embarrassed or keep it to themselves," Eimiller said. "Coming forward is key to stopping the criminal activity."

Based on an investigation launched in March the FBI believes there are more than a dozen victims in all — from Riverside County, where Temecula is located, and beyond, Eimiller said.

Wolf's mother told the Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/14CZPcR) that her daughter was in New York, where she will attend the New York Film Academy. A phone message left Friday by The Associated Press for the mother was not immediately returned.

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cojef wrote:
Perverted extortionist!
on August 17,2013 | 07:15AM
allie wrote:
on August 17,2013 | 07:41AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
With technology we are just beginning to find all the new problems that it comes with from hackers stealing money to extorting from unwitting victims. The not too long ago attack of Sony's network highlights how powerful these criminals can be. It is ironic that Apple hired one of the most notorious hackers. A criminal was basically rewarded for his behavior. As more advances in technology occurs there will be more criminal behavior making use of them. Because the internet is out there in the open it is an easy target for criminals. When a whole world of opportunities are readily available to these cyber criminals there will be more opportunists to take the place of those caught. You take away one and there will be two more to take that criminal's place. With the rewards being astronomical they will always be trying. That's why we need to create laws that will make the consequences in tune with the rewards. Longer prison sentences should be made. And when these criminals are released they should be banned from the use of any computer for life. Any use of such would lead to a return to the prison system.
on August 17,2013 | 09:51AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I heard a guy did this with allie's webcam at UH and the school took up a collection to beg the guy to take the photos off the internet and buy mind bleach for all the affected.
on August 17,2013 | 11:32AM
Bdpapa wrote:
This is kind of sick. How much probing does the FBI need to do?
on August 17,2013 | 12:54PM
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