But what if they It's a question that James Kelly and his girlfriend, Amy Wright, never thought they'd have to entertain. Amy, a 20-year-old brunette at the University of California at Irvine, was on her laptop when she got an IM from a random guy nicknamed mistahxxxrightme, asking her for webcam sex. Amy told the guy off, but he IM'd again, saying he knew all about her, and to prove it he started describing her dorm room, the color of her walls, the pattern on her sheets, the pictures on her walls. It was like Amy'd slipped into a stalker movie. Amy watched in horror as the picture materialized on the screen: a shot of her in that very room, naked on the bed, having webcam sex with James. The hacker fired off a note to James's ex-girlfriend Carla Gagnon: "nice video I hope you still remember this if you want to chat and find out before I put it online hit me up." Attached was a video still of her in the nude. The campus police were in no position to handle a case like this.Then the hacker contacted James directly, boasting that he had control of his computer, and it became clear this wasn't about sex: He was toying with them. But the instant she phoned the dispatcher, a message chimed on her screen. Whoever devised the malware—a sophisticated program capable of dodging antivirus software—clearly had a leg up on university cops.As the weeks ticked by, the agents gutted software and slogged through subpoenas.
The feds set up surveillance outside the blue ranch house on a quiet side street.
They saw people coming and going, but no one matching Mijangos's description.
Bookshelves spill with tomes on hacking and programming.
A black T-shirt on a hook bears a bloody chain saw and the words IN CASE OF ZOMBIES.
He had no California driver's license, leading them to suspect he was an illegal immigrant.
The one photo they turned up showed a 30-year-old dark-skinned Latino with a long narrow nose and bushy black eyebrows.
They chatted with friends, posted pictures, and when they were tired, stretched out on their beds to rest.
But at some point, each of them looked up and noticed the same strange thing: the tiny light beside their webcam glowing.
She said she felt "terrorized." After the incident, she didn't leave her room for a week.