The PJ Tatler

Miss Teen USA's Webcam Gets Hacked, She Gets Blackmailed

Miss Teen USA’s computer got hacked. The hacker used her computer’s webcam to snap naked pictures of her. Now he’s blackmailing her.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged “sextortion” case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women.

Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified.

Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant over the weekend at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, said in media interviews that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in possession of nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer.

Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public.

This hacker could be just about anywhere in the world, so the FBI’s power to stop him may be limited.

Here’s a low-tech fix: If your laptop has a built-in webcam, put some tape over the lens when you’re not using the camera. Electrical tape works fine and won’t hurt the computer.