Hacker Gets 6 Years in Prison for ‘Sextortion’ Scheme

CNN, September 2, 2011

A California man was sentenced to six years in prison for hacking into dozens of computers, stealing personal information and demanding naked images from female victims in exchange for not releasing the stolen information.

Luis Mijangos, 32, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who was living in Santa Ana, California, was engaged in “cyberterrorism” and “sextortion,” federal prosecutors said.


Authorities said he hacked into more than 100 computers by tricking people to download software that allowed him to take control of their computers. He listened to victims through the computers’ microphones, read their emails and watched them through their webcams.

He also obtained explicit pictures of many of them.

He threatened the victims by saying he would post the pictures on the Internet if the victim did not send him more explicit videos.

“When one victim shared Mijangos ‘sextortionate’ threats with a friend, Mijangos responded by posting nude pictures of the victim on her MySpace page,” prosecutors said.

Forty-four of the victims were juveniles.



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  1. Tim in Indiana September 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Well, the extortionist had to have a certain amount of intelligence to figure out how to hack into computers, but he was obviously lacking in morality, common sense and decency. Send him back to Mexico.

    If the average black IQ were higher, I suspect you would hear of a lot of this kind of crime committed by them, but their computerized wrongdoing is for the most part limited to Nigerian email frauds and planning out flash mobs on their cellphones.

  2. Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Quick, send this to Obama and Rick Perry! They are both for amnesty, but then again they wouldn’t care what this sick illegal did, would they?

  3. Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    “A California man….”

    NO! The correct wording should be, “An illegal immigrant living in California…” A California man implies U.S. citizenship.

  4. Anonymous September 7, 2011 at 12:31 am #

    Just think…someone could be doing the same thing to your computer. But far more frightening than an illegal Mexican pervert is Shaniqua or Lavariae working in a hypothetical federal anti-racism task force. Could be happening already.

    Another thing, although I agree that what this man did is disgusting on many levels I am uneasy with the label “cyberterrorism” being applied to identity theft and sexual misconduct.

  5. down the bayou September 9, 2011 at 9:21 am #

    44 of the victims were juveniles. this is why i dont leave my camera hooked up to my computer, nor do i eave the internet connected when i am not using it.