Twenty seven-year-old Karen Kazaryan is accused of blackmailing more than three hundred and fifty women. He hacked into their Facebook and emails accounts and posed as their friend. He persuaded women to strip naked in front of him while he watched the live stripping via Skype. He is believed to have more than three thousand pictures on his computer.
“He is able to talk to them and find out what street they grew up on and their favorite aunt or other information that would allow him to guess the password reset answers,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison told reporters outside the U.S. District Courthouse where Kazaryan was arraigned Tuesday. After breaking into the accounts, Kazaryan then changed passwords, locking the victims out.
“Once he controlled the accounts, Kazaryan searched emails or other files for naked or semi-naked pictures of the victims, as well as other information, such as passwords and the names of their friends,” prosecutors said in a press release. “Using that information, Kazaryan posed online as women, sent instant messages to their friends, and persuaded the friends to remove their clothing so that he could view and take pictures of them.”
If a woman refused to show Kazaryan her breasts, the hacker sometimes posted revealing photos of his victims he had stolen from their e-mail accounts on their Facebook page, the indictment stated. “He would post their pictures on Facebook, they would get telephone calls from their friends saying ‘there are naked pictures of you up on your Facebook account, what’s going on?’” Wilkison said.
Most of the victims belong to the same locality as that of Kazaryan. He was arrested Tuesday at his home in Glendale and charged with 15 counts of computer intrusion and 15 counts of aggravated identity theft following a year-long investigation by the FBI. He could be serving one hundred and five years in jail if proved guilty. His hearing is scheduled on March 12, 2013.