He also threatened to bomb a jail, a hotel, three colleges and two airports. He first contacted federal authorities in July 2012.
It’s not clear how long Mo and the FBI were in touch.
There has been a long and sordid history of internet perverts and peeping Toms hacking into computers, and secretly taking images and videos of their victims via the webcam.
One recent victim was Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who was secretly spied upon in her bedroom by a hacker who took photographs and threatened to release them to the public.
You know those people who put tape over their laptop’s webcam to keep digital peeping toms at bay? A new proof of concept is making the rounds today that demonstrates how a hacker can snap pics off your webcam, right through the browser, with no consent required. Without going into to much detail, the demo uses a bunch of fancy CSS/HTML trickery to render Flash’s permission prompt in a transparent layer, placing the now invisible “Allow” button directly above something the user is likely to click — like, say, the “Play” button on a video.
Outlined by security consultant Egor Homakov, the hack brings in a few old tricks to work around Flash’s requirement that a user explicitly grants a website permission before it can access their camera or microphone.
All the models appearing in images or videos on this boy porn site are 18 y.o.
Earlier this year, Miss Wolf said that her webcam light had never illuminated - and I must admit I wondered at the time if she had got her facts right, as I was surprised that was possible.
However, researchers have now proven that it's possible to commandeer a computer's webcam *without* the LED light coming on, making it much harder to tell if you are being secretly recorded.
In fact, a post on Adobe’s security blog suggests that they fixed the bug (or a similar one) way back in 2011. We tested the proof of concept on the latest build of Chrome for Mac, and it pulled from our webcam without issue or any visible prompt.
“No user action or Flash Player product update are required,” it reads. Others have found the exploit to work on IE10, but it seems to be patched on the most recent releases of Safari and Firefox.