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FBI arrests Orange County man in 'sextortion' case

An Orange County man has been charged by federal authorities with allegedly using malicious software to download sexually explicit photos of scores of women and girls and using those images to extort additional pornographic materials from them, officials said Tuesday.

Luis Mijangos allegedly victimized at least 44 girls and 186 women in the so-called sextortion case, according to a 23-page criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Federal authorities expect the number of victims to grow.

Mijangos, a paraplegic wounded in a gang shooting, was being held on $10,000 bail Tuesday after making his first appearance in federal court.

The complaint was filed after a two-year investigation by the FBI's cyber squad and alleges Mijangos used software to hack into computers and extract data he would later use to threaten his victims.

The software allowed him access to all files, pictures and videos on an infected computer. It also allowed him to access any web camera and microphone attached to an infected computer remotely to watch and listen to unknowing victims, according to the criminal complaint.

Mijangos also was allegedly found with screen grabs of financial information from his victims, including credit cards, websites and accounts with TurboTax, T-Mobile, Netflix, Paypal, HSBC and Chase Bank.

In one case, investigators claim Mijangos sent an e-mail to a victim, identified as K.S. from Washington state, in which he attached a pornographic picture of the victim and threatened to expose the images to her family if she did not send him an explicit video of herself or if she told anyone, the complaint alleges.

"I will publish the images and let your family know about your dark side...so you better do that video, send it to me via e-mail and you will never hear from me ever," Mijangos said in the e-mail, according to the criminal complaint.

"If I don't hear from you then your family will hear from me," he wrote in another e-mail, the complaint stated.

In another case, a 20-year-old woman said she placed a sticker over her web cam earlier this month when she believed it was being accessed without her permission.

Mijangos had dozens of videos from web cameras that showed unknowing victims in various states of undress including stepping out of the shower, getting dressed or having sex, the FBI alleges in the affidavit.

Authorities said many of the victims were unidentified and many appeared to be minors.

Federal authorities also found screen grabs of financial information including credit cards, websites and accounts with TurboTax, T-Mobile, Netflix, Paypal, HSBC and Chase Bank during a search of Mijangos' Santa Ana home.

The case grew out of a 2009 investigation by the Glendale Police Department involving a woman who suspected she was being stalked by her ex-boyfriend. The case was turned over to the FBI, which found evidence pointing to Mijangos.

Forensic analysis tied the suspect to hacking activity dating back to 2008, the federal complaint alleges.

Mijangos, a Mexican national, allegedly told agents he hacked into the accounts of female victims at the request of boyfriends and husbands who suspected their partners of cheating, the complaint alleges.

He told authorities he had asked the victims for additional sexually explicit videos to see if they would actually do it, not to extort them. Federal authorities said that even after they served a search warrant on him in March, he continued to engage in criminal activity.

He allegedly used the name guicho and the e-mail address [email protected] to reach the women. Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI's Los Angeles office at 310- 477-6565.

-- Andrew Blankstein

 
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What a puke.

If not convicted of illegaly taping into other person's computers and stealing information you've go his arse for having explicit photos of minors on his computer.
That might get a stiffer sentence than hacking the computers.

"Mijangos, a Mexican national"
Really?

Great- a Mexican national. Keep him here and throw him in prison and see what happens to him. Perverted Mexican! No way! If he wasn't in a chair, we're pretty sure he'd just go over and rape the victim once he say through the computer cam that she was alone.

weak 10k bail?

Hilarious! A mexican national paraplegic continues to engage in his criminal activity even after being questioned by the FBI! Arizona here I come. Now we can continue to support him while he sits in a cell costing us hardworking Americans tens of thousands of dollars when he should have been deported! Let him wheel his American made and paid for wheelchair around the littered streets of Tijuana for awhile. I'm pretty sure his Blue Cross insurance covered his wounds from his gang fight, probably didn't cost you and I a dime! One mexican national and I guarantee his medical, welfare and court costs will be well over a million TAXPAYER dollars! Good job LA, keep up that boycott of Arizona! Very soon you'll run out of other peoples money.

sick

Now this is funny...an article about a mexican national above and on the side this : Red-light camera operator likely to win Arizona immigration boycott exemption

Oh LA...you look out for your own even if they are thieving criminals

Redefine peek a booo.

wow! what a scumbag.

Sometimes I think blackmail and extortion should be put in a higher crime category. It is a crime of the "mind", and that can do undescribed damage to a victim. Advice: no matter what they have on you, never submit to an extortionist. You will always regret it if you do.

A computer hacking illegal alien LOL.

Back to Mexico for you boy.

heres a tip - dont post explicit pics ofy ourself online.

Send him to Arizona and let him work off his debt to society. He can still dig in a wheel chair. I know they make wheel chais with 4x4 wheels for the dirt. Send him out in the sun to dig and see what how he feels about that.

Why can't a guy like this be commissioned to find Al Qaeda terrorists?
He's a sicko but his skills can be useful to defend the country. No?

I'm sure he's not the only one out there doing this.

If this guy can do it, any one can. Cover your webcam with a sticker when not in use and put the computer in a bag to cover the mic. Make sure your kids do not have a webcam if possible.

The software allowed him access to all files, pictures and videos on an infected computer. It also allowed him to access any web camera and microphone attached to an infected computer remotely to watch and listen to unknowing victims, according to the criminal complaint.

No Problem, move to LA from OC. LA is a sactuary city that will protect you and boycotts other states that want to send you back. Dems love criminals.

He is a cyber-nerd you have to admit. He can even hack into banks' system and get data of whoever he want. Isn' it horrific?

I've had a bad feeling about those cams attached to laptops........sketchy!!!

I am 4th generation American of mexican decent. Export him!

this is one weird person, there is probially more to him would be my guess.

This is only the tip of the ice berg. I wonder if this guy has sold or given this software to others with the same intent in mind. This type of activity is huge. The implications are just as big. I hope the FBI stays with this and stops any and all involved.

he's nothing more than a domestic terrorist, convict him and throw away the key.


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