Blackmailer Sean Mokler “hacked into personal accounts and accessed private photos which were never meant to be seen by him”. He then threatened to share them, a court heard.
Mokler, 30, searched online forums where people share and trade leaked login details from various platforms including OnlyFans, Snapchat and other platforms, even private iCloud accounts.
Mokler used the details to access private and explicit images of women – some of whom he knew – before contacting them through a fake, anonymous Facebook account and threatening to share the images wider if they didn’t send more photos or hand over money, a court heard.
Mokler, of Clare Close, Waterbeach, Cambridge, pleaded guilty to five counts of blackmail and was jailed for two years and two months at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday (3 November).
Detective Sergeant James Firth, who investigated, said: “Mokler caused real distress to his victims and left them feeling violated.
“He hacked into personal accounts and accessed private photos which were never meant to be seen by him.
“The investigation into his crimes has been long and complex but I am glad we managed to bring him before the courts.
“Sadly, in this ever-evolving technological world we live in, these kinds of crimes are becoming more common place.
“The best advice I can give people is to make sure any login details are as secure as possible, by always enabling two-factor authentication, never using the same password for more than one account and creating a strong password using three separate completely random words.”
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