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FBI investigating alleged ‘sextortion’ scheme

The FBI is investigating allegations that the newly crowned Miss Teen USA was the victim of someone who hacked into a webcam in her Southern California bedroom several months ago in an attempt to extort nude photographs from her. Agents believe they have identified the person behind the alleged ‘‘sextortion’’ scheme, said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles on Friday. No arrest has been made. Cassidy Wolf (inset), a 19-year-old graduate of Great Oak High School in Temecula, won the Miss Teen USA crown last Saturday. Wolf has said she would use her fame to highlight cybercrime, and last week
told the website of NBC’s ‘‘Today’’ show that several months ago she received an anonymous e-mail in which the sender claimed to have stolen images from the camera on her home computer. The e-mailer threatened to go public with images captured from Wolf’s webcam unless she would provide nude pictures of herself, Eimiller said. Instead, Wolf went the authorities. Based on an investigation launched in March, the FBI believes there are more than a dozen victims in all — from Riverside County, where Temecula is located, and beyond, Eimiller said. A phone message left Friday by the Associated Press for the mother was not immediately returned. (AP)

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“I had no business taking vows that would last more than two weeks.” — Ethan Hawke, 42, on getting married for the first time (to actress Uma Thurman) when he was 27.