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Teen Accused Of Hacking Computers For Illicit Pictures
Los Angeles, California (CNN) - A number of young women -- including the reigning miss teen u-s-a pageant winner -- say they were targeted by a hacker who tried to blackmail them with nude photos.
Now a 19-year-old computer science student from California, is facing federal extortion charges.
The FBI says Jared James Abrahams hi-jacked the web-cams of several young women.
Agents say he discreetly took nude images of them -- and then demanded his victims provide more explicit material, or he'd release the photos online.
One of the victims is miss teen USA Cassidy Wolf.
She talked to reporters about the ordeal.
REPORTER: "You were a victim."
WOLF: "I was and it's still an ongoing federal investigation. I was cyber-hacked and cyber-terrorized about four months ago. My computer and webcam were hacked into so I would love to raise awareness."
REPORTER: "So they were watching you in your room when you were unaware of that?"
EISNER: "They do want to express their profound regret remorse for his behavior. He's autistic and uh, the family wants to apologize for the consequences of his behavior to the families that were affected."
The criminal complaint says Abrahams had control of 150 people's electronic devices at one point.
He's now out on a $50,000 bond and is wearing an electronic monitoring device.
A judge says he cannot use computers in the meantime, except for one at his parents' home, for schoolwork only.