A 21-year-old Norwegian hacker has been arrested after threatening to release nude images of a University of Miami student.
Magnus Sjoberg, a student studying in Tampa, allegedly stole nude images of a female student and threatened to release them to the public unless she conversed with him. Sjoberg was arrested Monday on charges of extortion, stalking and promoting sexual performance of a minor.
The victim, who remains unnamed in reports, said that she received a message on Instagram from Sjoberg containing an image of her lifting her shirt to reveal a bra.
"I have more," read the direct message, according to court documents obtained by The Miami Herald.
He followed up his threat with more images and a video she made of a sexual encounter at the age of 16.
“Sharing in 48 hours, sending to your family first. Unless you reply,” he allegedly said, according to an arrest warrant.
The victim then informed Sjoberg that she had contacted the police. Sjoberg immediately deleted his account but police coordinated with Instagram to have his information preserved. The IP addresses linked to the account was connected to a Tampa service provider and a Burbank, California service provider, both of which had Sjoberg listed as a user.
The victim later told police she knew Sjoberg as an acquaintance.
It is not clear how, exactly, Sjoberg allegedly gained access to the victim's information.
Sjoberg will be extradited to Miami-Dade County for prosecution.
Students in Florida had previously been warned about a similar but unrelated "sextortion" email scam in October of 2018, according to CBS Miami. An email had been sent to multiple students threatening to release video of their usage of "adult sites" to contacts unless they paid $900. Students who received the email were encouraged to report it to police.
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