Victim of cyber crime explains how hacking started

WKYT is continuing to track a cyber crime affecting a UK student.

She says someone hacked into her AOL mail account, and because it's the account she uses to log onto Facebook and Twitter, they also got access to those social media profiles.

"I went on my Twitter and Facebook and everything had been changed. So I changed it back and I thought it was all fine," explained the UK sophomore, who did not want to be identified.

At first, she thought her computer had a virus, and was generating spam. The virus she later found out was actually a hacker.

"On Twitter he posted some random statuses, messaged a few of my friends. Some of them were sexual messages. And then on Facebook he messaged a bunch of my friends."

The student went on to say the hacker started writing to her.

"The emails started saying, 'I know that you've read this email. I logged into your email. You might as well respond.' He was basically saying that he had all this information on me that he was gonna send to people if I didn't respond and send him a picture. His threats were, 'if you don't send me a picture, I will send all this information to you.' And he sent an email with my home address saying, 'how about I send this to your home?' My first thought was to call my family and then call the police because it's definitely unnerving."

The victim tells us police can't do much more with the investigation unless the hacker were to start making serious threats against her life or a friend's.

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