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FBI Seeks Help with Disturbing ‘Sextortion’ Case Involving Hundreds of Girls

computer-photo1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI may be handling its biggest case yet of “sextortion.”

The bureau is asking for the public’s help finding hundreds of teenage victims who sent sexually explicit photos to a Florida man after he threatened them, WJXT reports. 

Lucas Chansler, 31, was sentenced to 105 years in federal prison last year, but hundreds of his victims have never been identified.

The bureau said he pretended to be a 15-year-old boy. After convincing a teenage girl to send a sexually explicit photo, he threatened to post the picture online unless the girl sent more photos.

This happened hundreds of time in the U.S., Canada and the UK, according to the FBI.

FBI Seeking Help Identifying Hundreds of Children Victimized in ‘Sextortion’ Case

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking for help identifying suspects in its largest “sextortion” case ever prosecuted.

WJXX-TV reports that a Northeast Florida man was asking for sexually explicit photos and videos of girls as young as 13 years old.

“He pretended to be a young boy the same age,” said McCarley. “He befriended them, joined their Myspace, Facebook trying to get to know them.”

Agents were shocked when they found what was on Lucas Chansler’s computer: 350 victims and 80,000 pictures and videos on his computer.

Only about 100 victims have been identified.

Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in prison.

Man Accused of ‘Sextorting’ Miss Teen USA, Others Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A California man’s decision to hack the phone of the reigning Miss Teen USA turned out to be a bad one.

ABC News reports that police arrested 19-year-old Jared James Abrahams of Temecula on charges that he hacked her phone to obtained nude photos, which he threatened to reveal unless she sent him additional nude pictures or videos.

Abrahams is accused of trying to extort Miss Team USA Cassidy Wolf, 19, and other women.

“Abrahams used malicious software to disguise his identity in order to capture nude photos or videos of victims through remote operation of cameras on their home computers without their consent,” according to the criminal complaint.

Newly Crowned Miss Teen USA, Other Women Targeted in Latest String of “Sextortion” Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a so-called “sextortion case” that targeted newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf and other women, The Los Angeles Times reports.

The culprit hacked into the computers of Wolf and others, turning on the webcam and also searching for nude photos and videos, The Times wrote.

Once the images were collected, the hacker demanded money to keep the images from going public.

“Sextortion” cases appear to be on the rise as hackers tap into email accounts, social media or even the computer’s own hardware to find compromising information.

The FBI confirmed the “sextortion” investigation but would not divulge details, including whether they had found a suspect.

Calif. Man Gets 6 Years for Tormenting Victims in “Sextortion” Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the eyes of authorities, Luis Mijangos was a skilled computer hacker who went on the rampage and tried to extort sexually explicit videos from women and girls in what some referred to as a “sextortion” case.

On Thursday, Mijangos ,32, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who lived in Santa Ana, Calif., was sentenced to 6 years in prison in Los Angeles federal court for his sinister crime.

Authorities said that FBI computer forensics experts determined that Mijangos infected more than 100 computers that were used by approximately 230 individuals, of which at least 44 were juveniles.

The affidavit in the case alleged that Mijangos infected computers around the world with a malicious computer code, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Mijangos then got his victims to download “the malware onto their computers by making the files appear to be popular songs,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated. “After the victims downloaded the malware, Mijangos was able to control their computers, allowing him to send instant messages containing malware from those computers to other people in the victims’ address books. These later victims thought they were receiving messages from friends or family members.”

Authorities said once he got into the computers, he searched for sexually explicit or intimate images and videos of women and girls in ” various states of undress or engaged in sexual acts with their partners.”

Mijangos contacted the female victims and threatened to distribute intimate images and videos to people in their contact list unless they made additional explicit videos for him.

He also told victims he could tell via their computers if they tried calling police, and threatened to release the videos and images if they called authorities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On top of all of that, he also allegedly installed a “keylogger” on victims’ computers to record every key strokes on the infected computers and was then able to steal credit card numbers and personal identifying info to purchase merchandise, authorities alleged.

He also hacked into victims’ boyfriends email account, posed as the boyfriends and asked them to create to create pornographic videos for him, authorities said. After that, he contacted the victims — using an alias — and threatened to distribute the explicit videos if they didn’t send him more.

As if that wasn’t enough, on occasion he was able to access webcams to catch victims in intimate situations.

Authorities said Mijangos told FBI agents that he hacked into the computers, but did so on behalf of husbands and boyfriends to see if the women were cheating on them.

“We now live in a world gone digital, relying on our personal computers for everything from banking, to learning, to intimate communications with friends and family,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. in a statement.  “Mr. Mijangos invaded the sanctity of many personal digital worlds and used intimate content to victimize and prey upon unsuspecting victims.”

Added Steven M. Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, stated: “The sentence imposed on Mr. Mijangos is appropriate based on the chilling impact his behavior had on scores of young women. The FBI has seen a rise in similar cases based on the exploitation of emerging technologies by criminals, and it’s my hope that this sentence serves as a warning for victims of Internet predators to advise law enforcement or a trusted source when threatened, and always refrain from sending compromising photographs via cyberspace.”

Authorities said during Thursday’s sentencing hearing, two sextortion victims described how they were subjected to “nightmare” situations. One young woman said that before Mijangos victimized her she had been a victim of domestic violence, “and I want to tell you, there’s no difference.”

In sentencing Mijangos, Judge George H. King said: “This was nothing short of a sustained effort to terrorize victims.”