Law enforcement authorities investigating the emails soon realized that the threatening communications were part of a larger series of crimes.Mijangos, they discovered, had tricked scores of women and teenage girls into downloading malware onto their computers.The malicious software he employed provided access to all files, photos, and videos on the infected computers.
More often, it involves manipulation and trickery on social media.
But at the core of the crime always lies the intersection of cybersecurity and sexual coercion.
When the victim opened the email, she found sexually explicit photos of herself attached and information that detailed where she worked.
Following that were details of her personal life: her husband and her three kids. The demand made this hack different: This computer intrusion was not about money.
The perpetrator wanted a pornographic video of the victim.