A 27-year-old Glendale, CA, man is facing 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft, said officials from the FBI.
Karen “Gary” Kazaryan faces charges of hacking into email accounts of several people and changing their passwords to lock them out. He searched the compromised accounts for passwords, private pictures, names of friends and other personal information.
He then used the information to contact his victim’s friends and persuaded them to remove their clothing to take pictures of them. Those who discovered the scam where blackmailed with the compromising photographs.
Kazaryan asked his victims to expose their private parts on Skype, email and Facebook. If one of them refused to comply with his demands, the hacker posted compromising photos on their Facebook pages.
When they searched his computer, investigators found around 3,000 adult pictures of women. Some of them came from the victims’ email accounts while others came courtesy of Skype.
Authorities believe that over 350 women have fallen victim to the hacker, but they haven’t been able to identify all of them. That’s why the FBI urges all women who believe they might be a victim of the man to contact the Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565.
If convicted, Kazaryan faces a maximum of 105 years in prison.
This past December, Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, FL, ended up sentenced to 10 years in prison for somewhat similar crimes. He hacked into the email accounts of over 50 celebrities and stole private pictures, letters, driver’s license details and other confidential documents.
Besides the 10-year prison sentence, he also must pay $66,179 in restitution.