Hacker Charged in Malware Extortion Case

A man accused of distributing malware to user computer and blackmailing users into providing sexually explicit material is being charged with extortion by federal prosecutors.

Luis Mijangos, 31, of Santa Ana, Calif. was arrested on Tuesday and charged with extortion, according to documents filed with the court. Investigators discovered videos that appeared to be taken from infected computers showing women in various stages of undress, some of whom appeared to be minors.

The videos “showed the unknowing victim in some sort of undress (ie getting out of the shower, dressing for the day, having sex with a partner)“, according to court documents.

Prosecutors allege Mijangos used peer-to-peer applications to send victims malware which enabled him to take over the victim’s computer remotely. He would then search the hard drive for compromising photos or videos and use them to extort more explicit material from his victims.

Mijangos is alleged to have infected more than 100 computers used by 230 individuals, of whom 44 were minors, according to court documents.

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