Sextortionist Hacked Miss Teen USA For Nude Pics
The newly-crowned Miss Teen USA was allegedly the victim of a "sextortion" in which an individual hacked into the computer in her Temecula bedroom in order to obtain naked photos.
Cassidy Wolf of Temecula told the media this week that she was targeted before she had been awarded her crown, and her mother, Mary Wolf, said the investigation into the allegations had been going on for some time, according to the Press-Enterprise.
Wolf explained that "she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer," reports the L.A. Times.
The pageant winner said the extortion--aka sextortion--plot involved the suspect trying to get money from Wolf so that the photos would not be made public.
Federal authorities revealed that Wolf and about a dozen other women were allegedly victimized by the individual. FBI spokesperson Laura Eimiller says the illegal activity is no longer taking place.
Mary Wolf said the episode has been "scary and terrorizing" for Cassidy and her family.
Cassidy Wolf, a graduate of Orange County's Great Oak High, had been attending Orange Coast Community College, taking mostly online courses, but has since moved to New York to attend film school. Not deterred by the "sextortion" case, the reigning Miss Teen USA says she intends to discuss her experience in order to raise awareness of the issue.