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The FBI has announced the arrest of a 27-year-old man over charges that he hacked computers and online accounts belonging to 350 female victims and blackmailed them into providing him with nude photographs and video calls. Karen "Gary" Kazaryan, 27, was arrested in Glendale, California on Tuesday after being indicted on 15 …

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    1. tath
      Stop

      Re: Could be worse

      I think I speak for everyone when I say "SHUT THE FUCK UP YOU DULL BASTARD".

      I don't post much on here but even I am getting irritated by reading comments and constantly seeing you railroading ANY story into an anti-MS 'witty' comment. You're not even a very good troll as you lack either mad wind-up skills or unhinged capitalisation, it's just repetitive bollocks. I genuinely wonder what happened to you that left you so angry at MS that you spend your days telling the world what a prize cock you are?

      PS I've got a Surface, it's quite good for a very lightweight mobile MS Office thing with decent battery, not perfect but does what I need when I can't be arsed carting a laptop around.

      1. Matt Piechota
        Trollface

        Re: Could be worse

        "You're not even a very good troll as you lack either mad wind-up skills or unhinged capitalisation, it's just repetitive bollocks."

        I dunno, he seems to be doing a pretty good job trolling you. :)

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "mobile MS Office thing"

        See, that gets a downvote, right there; never mind about taking Eadon's troll bait.

      3. BillG
        Pint

        Re: Could be worse

        Great rant. Have a beer on me!

      4. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Could be worse

        "I think I speak for everyone..."

        Certainly not me. Bring on as much corporate bashing as you can!

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Megaphone

      Re: Could be worse

      Perhaps he did. Haven't they only sold about 350 in total?

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Could be worse

      I guess none of you morons see the "Joke Alert" icon?

      You got +1 from me.

      1. John Gamble
        Flame

        Re: Could be worse

        I guess none of you morons see the "Joke Alert" icon?

        Yes, we saw it. It was therefore incumbent on him to follow up with an actual joke. That he tried to shoehorn yet another MS screed into an article on blackmail shows more than just insensitivity, it's perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny.

        That you were dumb enough to write one of the more idiotic responses in defense of eadon says it all about you.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Thumb Up

          Re: Could be worse

          "...perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny."

          Ahhh, the 50's. Mmmm...

          1. Tom 35 Silver badge

            perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

            Some Rape, Barly, and Wheat went into a bar...

            Your right, that one wasn't funny.

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            2. mickey mouse the fith
              Joke

              Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

              Statistically, 9 out of 10 people enjoy gang rape.

              Ok, im goin now........

              1. FSM

                Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

                @mickey

                If you or anyone else thinks that that joke is funny, they should go to India and tell it. I hope they string you up from the nearest lamppost.

                Why are admins letting vile jokes like this through?

                1. mickey mouse the fith
                  Joke

                  Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

                  "If you or anyone else thinks that that joke is funny, they should go to India and tell it. I hope they string you up from the nearest lamppost"

                  Yeah, i should be bloody well hung eh?

                  Hmm, maybe i am already missus,maybe i am /winkwink....

            3. William Towle
              Coat

              Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

              > Some Rape, Barly, and Wheat went into a bar...

              A feed line like that *definitely* deserves a punchline.

              Preferably something ...seedy?

          2. asdf Silver badge
            Trollface

            Re: Could be worse

            >Ahhh, the 50's. Mmmm...

            Yep can't beat the morality of a decade of communist witch hunts, institutional racism and sexism and when half of all marriages were because the woman was pregnant. A golden age indeed.

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Could be worse

              "cep can't beat the morality of a decade of communist witch hunts, institutional racism and sexism and when half of all marriages were because the woman was pregnant. A golden age indeed."

              "Witch hunt"? There were no witches. Are you saying that there were no communists? And thanks to affirmative action, we still have institutional racism and sexism. Half of all marriages might have been due to pregnancy (citation please and some of those pregnancy-based marriages would have been marriages that would have occurred anyway) but there were far less single mothers and pregnant teens.

              By the way, just as the 50's was no Golden Age, neither is this age golden. And the 50's, like the current times in which we live, have both things to admire and things to disdain. But then, if you took that into account, you couldn't show us what kind of cheap moralist you are.

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                1. asdf Silver badge
                  Thumb Up

                  Re: Could be worse

                  Wow learn something every day. (Joseph) McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism.

                  Karma is a b_tch.

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              2. asdf Silver badge

                @AC 31st January 2013 03:44 GMT

                >"Witch hunt"? There were no witches.

                Really argument on semantics huh? Weak.

                >Are you saying that there were no communists?

                I am saying an awful lot of people got life crushing punishments (black balled) etc for far less than would hold up in even a kangaroo court. When even Eisenhower gets accused you know things were FUBARed.

                >And thanks to affirmative action

                Yep because a slight reduction in a white guys chance to get into Harvard is the same as facing the death penalty for sleeping with a white woman like happened in Mississippi in 1951.

                >citation please

                http://futureofchildren.org/publications/journals/article/index.xml?journalid=63&articleid=408&sectionid=2781

                Its 1960's but I am almost sure the stat will be even higher for the 1950s as hiding things from the neighbors was the norm. Also By 1960, half of all women were married by the age of 20. Wow just wow. That doesn't reek of a patriarchal society at all. That's the kind of stat you see in Afghanistan today.

                Also so much for women not having premartial sex at a high rate in the 1950s.

                Asked about 40,000 people ages 15-44 about their sexual behavior and traced the trends in premarital sex back to the 1950s. Of those interviewed in 2002, 95% reported they had had premarital sex; 93% said they did so by age 30. Among women born in the 1940s, nearly nine in 10 did.

                http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2006-12-19-premarital-sex_x.htm

                >but there were far less single mothers

                yeah because there were far more unwanted marriages

                > far less pregnant teens.

                Wrong again (a trend with you). They just pretended it was so and hid things better. The 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s included the twentieth century's highest teen birth rates (respectively 79.5, 91.0, and 69.7 per thousand) - http://www.faqs.org/childhood/So-Th/Teen-Pregnancy.html

                As for you last paragraph pretty much agree except I don't do it as some preacher. I do it because my current society is under threat from people with strong ideology and poor education who would have us return to some of the evils of the past we should have learned from (in Kansas today the Scopes monkey trial might go much differently for example) . Luckily they keep losing elections because my country is composed of a lot more than just southern and mid west white people.

          3. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Could be worse

            At university in the 70s, and this is entirely true, one of the women researchers in agricultural science used to take great delight, when asked by visitors "What do you do?" in replying, simply "Rape". She was an authority on the plant.

            She also had a Ferrari. I never got a lift in it but a friend did. He said that his entire life did not flash before his eyes, but that this because the (normally 40 minute) journey was over so quickly, there wasn't time.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Could be worse

          @John Gamble - and you posted to the most idiotic responses too....what is that makes you? Idiotic, idiotic?

      2. zb

        Re: Could be worse

        Maybe we need a "Bad Joke Alert" icon.

        1. mike2R

          Re: Could be worse

          "Maybe we need a "Bad Joke Alert" icon."

          We need an "ignore future comments from this poster" button is what we need.

          1. moonface
            Coat

            Re: Could be worse

            Not sure where Eadon's hate comes from. It's either the head injury from that flying chair or because Gates never gave a sugar cube with the polio vaccination.

            Some Rape, Barly, and Wheat went into a bar...

            Rice was there and he was Mullered!

        2. daveeff
          Joke

          Re: Could be worse

          > Maybe we need a "Bad Joke Alert" icon.

          Lets have one of those but if you use it doesn't submit your post - call it self censorship...

      3. Psyx
        Pint

        Re: Could be worse

        "I guess none of you morons see the "Joke Alert" icon?"

        Yeah, it made me expect a joke.

        I couldn't see one.

        Eadon is about as funny as a very itchy scrotum.

        1. Ted Treen
          Coat

          @Psyx

          "...Eadon is about as funny as a very itchy scrotum...."

          That's sexist: if a woman has even a mildly itchy scrotum then she has B-I-I-G problems...

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Could be worse

      Actually the guy in question sounds like the sort of dick who would use Linux and go on forums posting stupid comments about Windows.

      As an example look at RMS, one of the big names in the free open source movement has some very dodgy views when it comes to paedophilia:

      http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Richard_Stallman

      "P]rostitution, adultery, necrophilia, bestiality, possession of child pornography, and even incest and pedophilia ... should be legal as long as no one is coerced. They are illegal only because of prejudice and narrowmindedness."

      Sounds like the sort of warped mind that has been distorted by obsessing over something too long.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "A dick who would use Linux"

        So, you're just trying to make it clear that you're an even bigger "dick who would use Windows"? Fair enough. But I would seriously recommend seeking professional help about the dangerous obsessions.

      2. Tachikoma

        Re: Could be worse

        "...necrophilia... should be legal as long as no one is coerced."

        How on earth do you coerce a corpse?

        *waits patiently for a "dead girls don't say 'no'" joke*

    5. Turtle

      Re: Could be worse

      "At least he didn't blackmail them into buying a Surface..."

      Well there's Eadon, exhibiting his Richard-Stallmanesque misogyny.

      I wonder which he resents more: Microsoft, or women?

      (The "he" in the prior sentence can refer to either Stallman, or Eadon, or both, consecutively.)

  2. LordHighFixer
    Big Brother

    My solution

    I will have to start a secure "saucy pics" storage service. Just upload your naughty bits to me. I will keep them safe, I promise ;)

  3. mark l 2 Silver badge

    150 years Is he immortal or something? Thought you only got 25 years for murder?

    1. Oninoshiko
      Boffin

      that may be true, but you are not comparing apples to apples. he did this 350 times. so lets say he was a serial killer who killed 350 people:

      350*25= 8750 years.

      also let's do the opposite and see how much time he gets for each woman he victimized:

      150/350=0.43 years

      So that means for each person he blackmailed, he gets less then 1/2 a year. That doesn't sound that outlandish to me, quite the opposite, it sounds lenient.

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Thumb Down

        "150/350=0.43 years

        So that means for each person he blackmailed, he gets less then 1/2 a year. That doesn't sound that outlandish to me, quite the opposite, it sounds lenient."

        He should have committed his crimes in the UK. Then he'd be forced to serve all those sentences concurrently rather than consecutively. With good behaviour he'd be out in less than three months!

        1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
          Thumb Down

          "He should have committed his crimes in the UK"

          I suppose the downvoters just don't get sarcasm!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        he deserved jail time for sure, but...

        20 years or so would do just fine.

        Yes, he harmed a lot of people, but he did not kill anyone or rape anyone. If every victim thought "20 years for me", I am sure they'd feel vindicated.

        Of course, if every victim thinks "20/350 for me" then less so, but that still leaves the fact that this scumbag's life is pretty much done with. 20 years will be just as dissuasive as 105 to the average Joe and a lot less costly. Just make sure the penalties for single offenses doesn't drop too low either, rather than salivating about massive sums.

        Anyways, 105 years is a possible sentence, not necessarily the final tally. Much as this loser is a scum, I figure some notion of proportionality to the individual offenses should prevail.

    2. I think so I am?
      Coat

      Its America

      for a long time they've needed to get a fucking clue on compound sentencing.

      You charge a person on the most serious crime committed.

      Its so stupid that a person who robbed 10 stores with a banana could get a longer sentence than a person who robbed 1 store but killed the owner.

      I say again, America in general need to get a fucking clue.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Its America

        but...if people start robbing stores using bananas, other people might question the need for the right to bear arms.

        I say hang the unpatriotic bastard. And let off the guy who just took capitalism to the limit, but at least patriotically carried a gun.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Its America

          @ribosome

          Figures! (WOW the irony)

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Its America

        > for a long time they've needed to get a fucking clue on compound sentencing.

        They need to get a clue in the UK as well.

        For 8 weeks the area I live in was ravaged by 2 scumbags who burgled as many homes as possible. The police knew who they were but were powerless without any hard evidence. The reason they were doing this? They were awaiting sentencing on similar charges and knew they would get jail time. Since all sentences in the UK are concurrent they had a "free pass". If they were caught they would have it added to their charges and it would make no difference to the sentence they were going to get.

        1. I think so I am?
          Facepalm

          Re: Its America

          In the UK and most other places you'll find that when you are awaiting sentencing on charges and are let out, your on bail. Breach of your bail conditions one of which is committing any other crime is you go to jail until your sentencing.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Its America

            > ... you go to jail until your sentencing.

            And the couple of weeks you spend in jail before sentencing counts as time served so you get out earlier.

            The simple truth is that if you know you will be sentenced to jail then you have "free pass" to commit crime until the sentencing.

  4. Matt Bryant Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Duh!

    "....For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward...." Delete them, zero the drive, and then try and be smarter in future.

    1. Graham Marsden
      WTF?

      Re: Duh!

      Yes, of course, because nobody should have *any* such "saucy snaps" just in case someone else gets their hands on them...

  5. Oninoshiko

    What's in a name?

    Karen? Is this a common guy's name somewhere?

    (What does it mean that the is the most surprising thing in this story?)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: What's in a name?

      Yeah, it is. Southeast Asia, especially areas that were under British Protectorates or Suzerainty toward the UK like Burma/Myanmar and Nepal.

      You dont see it much in areas that were formerly run by the French like Viet Nam and Cambodia though.

      Hell in Burma, an entire ethnic group is called the Karen. They've been fighting a war against the Myanmar Government since the 70's also.

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    3. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

      Re: What's in a name?

      The guy is clearly Armenian by origin. Karen is a popular male name there.

  6. Steen Hive
    Pirate

    Luckily

    He didn't download some freely-downloadable literature, he'd be facing half as much again!

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pictures or it di...

    oh, wait.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So the guy hacks into their computer, gets nude photos of them and they then give in and provide more???

    Seriously are they that ashamed that they would rather get bent over backwards and provide more smut for the perp than have a picture of them published!

    1. Franklin
      FAIL

      Yes. Welcome to the sexual double standard.

      We still live in a culture where it's cool for guys to have sex, but women who have sex are castigated as "sluts" and "tramps" (which rather brings up the question of who these cool guys are supposed to be having sex WITH). Women who are revealed to have naked pics of themselves face significant social, and in some cases financial, censure; there are still quite a few places in the US where a woman who has naked pics of herself spread about can, for instance, lose her job.

      A lot of folks believe the answer is "well, just don't take any naked pics, then!" Seems to me that line of reasoning is basically the realm of people who are fine with double standards. Bit like going into Iran and saying "Well, just wear the burka, then!" The real solution, seems to me, is that if it's OK for men to be sexual, it's OK for women to be sexual too.

      1. Steven Roper
        Stop

        Franklin, before you start parroting feminist rhetoric, please take a look at my recent Reg post here (it's about 2/3 of the way down the page, under the title "Different Standards") where I discuss the origins and reasons behind the "slut/stud" paradigm in detail. If this is a double standard, then so is the double standard in which men expected to pay for and raise other men's kids as their own because the mothers have lied about paternity, since a mother knows her baby is hers, but a father has no way of being sure. That's why this paradigm exists in every culture on the planet.

        1. Franklin
          Thumb Down

          "Franklin, before you start parroting feminist rhetoric, please take a look at my recent Reg post here (it's about 2/3 of the way down the page, under the title "Different Standards") where I discuss the origins and reasons behind the "slut/stud" paradigm in detail."

          Your reasons remind me a lot of evolutionary psychology: truthy-sounding rationalizations for cultural norms.

          Of course, evo psych is what social scientists point to when they want to say "Man, that's not really science," and honestly, that's what your "explanation" sounds like to me. If men seriously were motivated by a desire not to raise other people's children, they'd castigate male promiscuity as well as female promiscuity; after all, last time I checked, if your wife makes a baby with someone who isn't you, chances are good there's another man involved in the process at some point along the way.

          Calling the notion that double standards like this are bad "feminist rhetoric" is equal parts amusing and appalling. I'm always a bit perplexed by folks who seem to think that "feminism" is something bad. In matters not requiring physical possession of a penis or a vagina, folks ought to receive equal treatment and opportunity--is that really such a scary idea?

          1. Steven Roper

            "folks ought to receive equal treatment and opportunity-is that really such a scary idea?"

            I'm right with you on that - depending on what you mean by "equal". Absolutely I hold that one's gender should in no way limit the choices available in any field - be it career, travel, hobby, anything at all. Believe me, I've encountered racial and sexual discrimination myself, so I know how infuriating it is. And I believe that everyone deserves a fair go, first and foremost.

            The problem I've encountered is that some people, mainly feminists, and especially male feminists, often seem to have a weird, Orwellian definition of the word equal - in that all people are equal, but some people are more equal than others. In most dictionaries equal has the definition "having the same value; the same as." But let me cite an example of the kind of Orwellian thinking I'm talking about here: a so-called "equal opportunity" pamphlet given out to all students at the local TAFE (tertiary college). The first sentence in this pamphlet is "Equal opportunity does not mean everyone is treated the same."

            Now to paraphrase the great Douglas Adams, this is obviously some strange usage of the word equal that I was not previously aware of. It does mean "the same as" in every dictionary I've ever read. But not to these people. What "equal" means to these people is something along the lines of "You are not allowed to stereotype people along the lines of gender or culture, but all white males are privileged, rich and powerful, and so don't deserve equal treatment like females, non-whites, and so on."

            If anyone cannot see the absolute hypocrisy inherent in that statement they have a serious problem. I, for no other reason than being white and male, have been refused entry to educational courses, passed over for jobs and promotions, and denied my right of equal opportunity many times - simply because my skin is a particular light colour and I was born with a penis. This, by people who claim that stereotyping others on gender and skin colour is a bad thing. Obviously it's not such a bad thing if you happen to be white and male.

            This is why I don't like "feminism". I do like "egalitarianism" - the belief that everyone should have the same rights, not just that women should have equal rights in the Orwellian sense. The clue is in the name: feminism. It's about rights for women, not rights for everybody. And this is as bad a thing as masculism - rights for men only, which in my view is just as ridiculous. Do you see?

            So no, it's not a scary idea at all. What's scary is that an awful lot of people seem to be buying into the idea that it's OK to vilify, ostracise and discriminate against men in the name of so-called "equality", while sanctimoniously (and hypocritically) beating their breasts about stereotypes. And what's scariest of all is that people are trying to justify this stance under the banner of fairness and equal treatment for all.

            And it's not.

            1. Dan Paul
              Devil

              Equal is NOT actually "Equal"

              I get really sick of the "equal rights" argument because in most cases, the implementation includes state sponsered discrimination against those who are in the numerical majority, IE "Racial Equality" where blacks get preference over ANYONE who is not black just to "even the score".

              A prime example is that of Police and Firefighter or other civil service exams where there is a test taken to determine the knowledge and physical prowess possesed by the candidate. These tests are then thrown out when "Equality Regulations" dictate that racial heritage or gender must be the overriding consideration.

              There have been a number of court cases in the USA that have determined that these tests CANNOT be thrown out anymore to fulfill race or gender "quotas". Damages have been awarded to a number of plaintiffs.

              I propose that no employer should be allowed to meet or know the age, race, gender, health status etc of a potential employee before they are hired. Everything would be done completely anonymously and be based soley on the candidates test score.

              It is time for true equality across the board.

        2. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

          @Steven Roper

          "That's why this paradigm exists in every culture on the planet."

          That does not preclude it being a double standard and does not mean that it should not be eradicated, at least from cultures aspiring to be seen as progressive and enlightened.

          1. Steven Roper

            Re: @Steven Roper

            Vladimir: Fine, no problem. As long as we can also eradicate the double standard that the majority of women will end a relationship if a man demands a genetic test of a baby to prove his paternity.

            1. Santa from Exeter
              Thumb Down

              Re: @Steven Roper

              I think you might find that the majority of men in a stable relationship wouldn't feel the need to make that demand.

              I seriously don't see this as a 'double standard' unless the man has been called upon to conclusively prove his monogamy.

            2. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

              Re: @Steven Roper

              I don't know if that really is the case but it seems to me that if such question arises at all, then the relationship has already failed. It cannot last with such a degree of mistrust between partners.

      2. JetSetJim Silver badge
        Joke

        > We still live in a culture where it's cool for guys to have sex, but women who have sex are castigated as "sluts" and "tramps"

        That reminds me of an age-old metaphor-joke about this:

        "A key that opens many locks is an excellent key. A lock that is opened by many keys is a poor lock"

      3. PatientOne

        @Franklin

        Re: differences in attitude towards men and women sleeping around:

        This has been attributed to parenthood. A woman knows if a baby is hers or not (with the exception of a mix-up at the maternity suite, of cause), where as a man doesn't know. DNA tests can only show a probability of parenthood, not provide absolute proof.

      4. Psyx
        Holmes

        "Women who are revealed to have naked pics of themselves face significant social, and in some cases financial, censure; there are still quite a few places in the US where a woman who has naked pics of herself spread about can, for instance, lose her job."

        And men don't?

        Are you serious?!

        The stigma and professional repercussions of naked pics on-line are the same for both genders, in this context.

    2. mickey mouse the fith

      Are people really this stupid?

      And what idiot `friends` disrobe for pics when asked?, didnt they think it was a bit odd?, or did these women just move in more liberated circles?

      If I asked any of my friends to strip for the cam, i wouldnt have many friends left.

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  10. nuked

    Why only 15 counts?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Why only 15 counts?"

      Because 335 of them are now pursuing a career in porn.

  11. Daniel B.

    At least it does seem to be milder...

    There's that other guy who asked for underage boy pix and then proceeded to blackmail them into boning 'em.

    Anyway, any of these cases of blackmail is just wrong. Nabbing a couple of naked pix from someone else's computer is already unethical, but using them for blackmail purposes is just plain evil.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But...how??

    I'm having trouble grokking this: "He would then contact these friends, pretending to be the victim, and persuade them to disrobe so he could take pictures of them".

    So Alice has a saucy pic on her drive. Attacker Bob finds it. He then impersonates Alice, tracks down her friends Carol and Diana...and persuades *them* to disrobe and send Alice the shots?

    What on earth did Bob-as-Alice write to Carol and Di that persuaded them to drop their clothes? "Hi Carol, Thanks for helping out at the PTA meeting last night. Now drop your panties and send me the pics"

    El Reg - please check the story?? It does not compute.

    1. Rob - Denmark
      Boffin

      Re: But...how??

      Might be: Some girls like girls.

      So attacker finds saucy pictures on Alice's (who is into girls) drive, and Alice knows Carol and Diana (also into girls - note the "details on their female friends" part).

      Then Bob pretends to be Alice and sends Carol and Dinah a saucy e-mail suggesting pics for pics.

      Easy to compute from here.

      Just guessing though.

  13. Robinson
    Facepalm

    Eh?

    Am I the only one here who thinks the US Justice system is NUTS? 105 years? Eh? They guy is obviously an arsehole, but 105 years? Really?

    1. JeffUK
      WTF?

      Re: Eh?

      Yep, do anything a few times and you get a life sentence.

      After you've committed a crime a certain number of times there's no incentive to stop, because when you get caught you are going to prison forever.

      1. Psyx
        Pint

        Re: Eh?

        "Yep, do anything a few times and you get a life sentence.

        After you've committed a crime a certain number of times there's no incentive to stop, because when you get caught you are going to prison forever."

        Yup. It's out of whack. The US has the highest prison population in the world by a country mile and proportionally it's on a par with Stalinist Russia.

        People deserve punishing for crimes (and punishing harshly), but when the difference between robbery and robbery with murder is so small that you're better off not leaving a witness alive, it encourages criminals to 'go for broke', rather than curtail their activities in order to get lower sentences.

        1. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

          Re: Eh?

          A replay of the situation that led to the saying "Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb". Disproportionate sentencing helps no-one except a few people who have used serious personality disorders to get into positions of power.

          1. Psyx
            Thumb Up

            Re: Eh?

            "A replay of the situation that led to the saying "Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb". Disproportionate sentencing helps no-one except a few people who have used serious personality disorders to get into positions of power."

            I'd totally forgotten about that old saying!

            Sadly, intentions to lighten sentencing to reduce crime would be political suicide, no matter how sensible and logical it is. It goes against my instincts too, but it's pretty clear that if you're going to put someone away for life for three minor crimes, that the felon isn't going to mind committing a ton more if they think it'll help them either get away with it, or unless there's another really good reason to stop.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Eh?

      I don't know if this is still the case, but read a book in the Seventies by a guy who was describing how at one point he lost all his money in California, apparently debtors where entitled to demand double the original debt if you couldn't pay, which sounds like absolute lunacy or more correctly vindictive sadism

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Eh?

        The USA was founded by extremist Protestants, people whio couldn't get on in this country because we wouldn't let them persecute other people for their beliefs. We basically exported a wide range of criminals to Australia, and vindictive sadists to the US. The expected results followed.

        1. Irony Deficient

          “we wouldn’t let them persecute other people for their beliefs”

          ribosome, to find persecuting vindictive sadists in 17th century England, you need look no further than the C of E establishment. (Why do you think Puritans left England for the Netherlands? Their desire was to be left alone to worship according to their own lights, and the C of E forbade them to do so under pain of torture.)

          http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1369348

  14. Shannon Jacobs
    Holmes

    But the spammers already have total contempt for the FBI?

    Maybe they could have a bit more deterrence effect if the FBI wasn't so totally tolerant of spammers using their supposedly fearsome name on their spam?

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward:

    Become a porn star.

    I think the haxor dude has problems, but so do people who take nude photos of themselves. Color me old fashioned.

    1. bag o' spanners

      Re: For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward:

      I've often wondered where all those wankymen bonerpix come from on the doofus contact sites. Maybe those poor vulnerable sensitive heteroguys were blackmailed into waving *their* willies online. I always assumed they lifted them from Grindr.

      As for the FBI, I assume they work on the "300 strikes and out" principle when it comes to sextorted laydeepr0n..

      1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

        Re: For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward:

        "300 strokes and out" maybe?

    2. Intractable Potsherd Silver badge

      Re: For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward:

      Old-fashioned and repressed.

      There is nothing wrong with skin - we just live in a very curious social construct that says covering up is somehow morally better than nakedness, rather than being something purely practical that should be done in response to environmental conditions.

  16. supreme-overlord

    Hmmm

    The only way these girls could be blackmailed, I'd assume, would be because he already has one or more full frontal pics to use as leverage. So why would they just produce more of the same knowing if he's blackmailed once he probably won't stop after the second set and will then have even more leverage?

    If the (original) pictures aren;t that racy then the threat/blackmail wouldn't really stand. It all sounds a bit weird to me, if you've already seen them all starkers and just get a few more pics from different angles what's the point...

    I wonder what the ratio of going through with his demands vs telling him to fornicate off are. Must be a few weighed up the options I guess.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Hmmm

      The originals might just be boobs or full frontal. The latter extortion ones may be touch your toes, ankles as earrings, root vegetables etc. Use your imagination, it's hardly going to be the same but turned a little to the right. I still can't understand why they did it though. The hole, as they say, is just getting deeper.

    2. Magnus_Pym

      Re: Hmmm

      That's how blackmail always works isn't it.

  17. Magnus_Pym

    Maybe the facebook generation...

    Who have gotten used to everything they do and say being instantly broadcast to everyone they know will be less constrained by the corrupt standards of old. Maybe 'sexting' will make the human body a bit less taboo. We can only hope.

    Nude paintings art art vs public nakedness is degenerate

    Looking at naked people, natural vs being a naked person, natural

    skimpy beach wear acceptable vs skimpy evening wear slutish/weird

    ad nauseum

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Maybe the facebook generation...

      Funny thing is most of the older art featuring nudes was simply yesterday's porn, they were just better at justifying/legitamising it "Well yes M'dear it's a scene from a Greek myth, very cultural and uplifting eh?"

  18. The FunkeyGibbon

    IT at schools?

    My IT lessons at school involved learning:

    10 PRINT "Hello World!"

    20 GOTO 10

    and trying to be first to get there to have a go on the Acorn not the BBC Basics.

    I would hope that IT now covers far more, in fact if I were in charge I'd have a technical lesson and then alternate that with one about other aspects of IT and how it affects our lives. Learning how to use a computer isn't just about programming these days or hardware like it was when I was in secondary school in the early 90's but about so much more. Lessons on how to secure your data, including pictures you might not want to get out, should be part of the school curriculum. Like it or not, IT should also be a mandatory lesson up there with Maths, English and Science.

  19. The FunkeyGibbon
    Paris Hilton

    Oh and...

    Paris because she knows all about securing her smut. At least she should do by now...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Oh and...

      Shouldn't that be "knowing how to leak her smut for maximum PR exposure?"

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  21. rossb2
    Joke

    he should have got a job at PC World

    If he wanted to take pornographic pictures from other peoples PCs, he should have got himself a job at PC world.

    I dont think he needs locking up for long. A week behind bars, a psychiatrist, and some free porn sites would be better.

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