Computer pros advise security programs to prevent hacking

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A California man was arrested for allegedly hacking into the webcams of several women and taking nude pictures and videos and threatening to post them online.

Computer technicians and police said it’s just another computer scam to add to the list and gave advice Friday on how not to become a victim.

“It all follows really the same type of principles. And what the criminals do is they exploit weaknesses in software that’s on a computer,” said Youngstown Police Capt. Jason Simon.

Jared James Abraham, 19, was arrested for webcam hacking. Police said he used a special kind of software to hack into the webcams of eight women, including the current Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf, who is Abraham’s former classmate.

Abraham was allegedly able to take complete control of his victims’ webcams as if he was sitting right in front of their computer.

Dan Engle, owner of DNC Computers in Howland, said computer owners should always have some type of protection on their computers.

“Whether it’s anti-virus ware, you want to have a firewall going on your computer at all times to block incoming things that you don’t want,” Engle said.

Simon agreed.

“It’s like your car. You have to keep it oiled, you have to keep the tires rotated to run well. A computer is a machine that needs to be upgraded and whatnot in order to keep running well and protect you,” he said.

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