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11 Dec 2013

Hacker Gets Five Years for 'Sextortion'

Karen “Gary” Kazaryan was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for hacking into hundreds of Skype, Facebook and email accounts, stealing nude photos and coercing women to strip for him under threat of publicly releasing the pictures, according to the L.A. Daily News.

Kazaryan pleaded guilty to blackmailing women to strip, often on Skype, and hacking into online accounts. He wrote a letter to the judge stating that depression and marijuana are to blame for his crimes.

The defendant targeted nude or semi-nude pictures taken from email accounts as well as passwords of the victims’ friends. He often changed the victim’s password account to lock them out.

FBI investigators, who arrested Kazaryan in January, estimate that 350 women were victims and nearly 3,000 nude or semi-nude pictures were found on his computer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Not all of the victims have been identified.