Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, Hacked! Nude Photo 'Sextortion' Scheme Suspect Identified In FBI Cybercrime Investigation [VIDEO]

By Staff Reporter August 17, 2013 1:26 PM EDT
Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, was allegedly hacked as part of a sextortion scheme in which nude photos were stolen from the pageant winner and used to blackmail her. (Photo: Facebook/Miss Teen USA Fans)
Cassidy Wolf, Miss Teen USA, was allegedly hacked as part of a sextortion scheme in which nude photos were stolen from the pageant winner and used to blackmail her. (Photo: Facebook/Miss Teen USA Fans)

Cassidy Wolf, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA who was allegedly hacked as part of a "sextortion" scheme, may get to see justice served. Agents think they've found a suspect in the alleged cybercrime, FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller announced Friday. However, no arrest has been made.

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The term "sextortion" refers to cases of blackmail in which the victim is threatened with the release of sexual images or information if he or she does not comply with the blackmailer's demands.

Cassidy Wolf, 19, won the Miss Teen USA crown Saturday. A graduate of Great Oak High School, Wolf has said she would use her fame to speak out against cybercrime after finding herself the victim of an alleged sextortion scheme online.

The cybercrime case began several months ago, when Wolf allegedly received an anonymous email from someone who claimed to have stolen photos from the camera on her home computer. The photos, according to the email sender, included nude pictures taken by the computer's webcam.

In media interviews, Wolf described how the emailer tried to extort her in exchange for keeping the hacked nude photos of the future Miss Teen USA private. But instead of going along with the sextortion scheme, Cassidy Wolf went to police.

In her statement, FBI spokesperson Eimiller commended brave decision of Miss Teen USA to come forward after she realized she had been hacked. "Many victims are embarrassed or keep it to themselves," Eimiller said. "Coming forward is key to stopping the criminal activity."

Miss Teen USA's hacking claims sparked an FBI investigation. Launched in march, the FBI cybercrime effort has led agents to believe that there are more than a dozen victims involved in the alleged sextortion scheme. Some are from Riverside County, where Temecula is located, while others have been found elsewhere, according to Eimiller.

Cassidy Wolf said she will continue her advocacy for cybercrime awareness throughout her reign as Miss Teen USA.

The case is only the latest in cybercrime cases involving nude photos to hit the news. Actresses Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis have all been victims of nude photo hacking. Just last year, hacker Christopher Chaney was sentence to 10 years in prison for hacking into celebrity email accounts and illegally obtaining nude photos.

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