Abrahams "threatened to post the images to the victim's social media accounts unless the women provided additional nude photos/videos or obeyed his commands during a five-minute Skype session." Abrahams was convicted, receiving an 18-month jail sentence.
In another case, a Glendale California man was sentenced to five years in federal prison Monday after pleading guilty in a sextortion case that targeted hundreds of women.
'Sextortion," the secret control of webcams or smartphone cameras to run extortion rackets against people, is also a growing problem.
A major case gained notoriety in California where a now-20 year old Jared Abrahams "illegally hacked into the laptops of several young women in the U. and abroad, then took control of their webcams in order to film and photograph them while they undressed." According to the FBI, the scam included web cam pictures of Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was a classmate of Abrahams.
Such spying falls into a gray legal area, but once it goes onto a mobile device, it clearly intrudes on privacy outside of the work space. Corporate spying also facilitates insider trading, where the "insider" gains privileged access to your webcam, mobile camera or microphone.