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Hacker Sex-tortion: FBI Alleges Man Blackmailed Women into Making Sex Videos

(CBS/AP)

(CBS/AP)
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) The FBI has arrested a Southern California man they say was behind a "sex-tortion" scheme targeting women and young girls.

The U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles says 31-year-old Luis Mijangos hacked into computers to obtain personal data to extort sexually explicit videos, in exchange for keeping his victims' information private.

FBI experts allege Mijangos infected more than 100 computers used by about 230 people, including at least 44 juveniles.

The alleged scheme involved using peer-to-peer networks to infect computers, induce victims to download malware disguised as songs, and control those computers to spread malware through contact lists.

Mijangos allegedly searched computers for sexual or intimate images to blackmail victims into making videos for him.

Prosecutors say he also was able to control some webcams to capture intimate scenes.

  • Barry Leibowitz

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