According to an FBI statement released at the time of Abrahams' arrest in September: The sextortion investigation began around March 2013 and continued for several months as multiple victims’ online accounts were compromised, or hacked, by an individual later identified as Abrahams.
According to the complaint, Abrahams used malicious software and tools to disguise his identity in order to capture nude photos or videos of female victims through remote operation of their webcams without their consent.
Abrahams contacted some victims using email accounts he had taken over, in some cases.
He is due to be sentenced in March, when he faces a likely sentence of around two-and-a-half years imprisonment, but could potentially serve 11 years, according to a plea bargaining deal.
Using malware to infect personal computers before initiating sexual-related blackmail attempts has sadly become far from rare over recent years.
The consequences for victims can be harrowing, traumatic and (in isolated cases) has even led to a victim's suicide.
The complaint alleges Abrahams would generally attach victims’ photos to emails he sent them when he made extortionate demands.
Abrahams threatened to publicly post compromising photos or video to the victims’ online social media accounts unless the victim either sent nude photos or videos or engaged in a Skype session with him and did what he said for five minutes, according to the complaint.
At least two victims complied with his demands, authorities said in court records.
Abrahams has pleaded guilty to three counts of extortion and one count of unauthorised access of a computer.
A teenage computer science student from California faces a possible prison sentence after pleading guilty to hacking into the webcams of young women, among them Miss Teen USA, Cassidy Wolf.
Jared James Abrahams, 19, of Temecula in California, admitted to hacking into the computers of at least two dozen women including Wolf before covertly taking pictures of them in various states of undress using computer webcams.