Man charged in phone hacking extortion scheme

BROOKLYN, Conn. (AP) — Police have charged a Connecticut man with hacking the cellphones and social media accounts of more than 20 women and girls to obtain sensitive photos and personal information that he allegedly used in an effort to extort nude photos of the victims.

State police announced Friday that 25-year-old Christopher Lamb, of Brooklyn, faces more than 50 charges in connection with a scheme police say lasted several years.

Police say Lamb caused his victims “pain, humiliation (and) anxiety” by posting their photos to lewd websites, and sending them to friends, family and employers when they refused to comply with his demands.

Lamb was held on $100,000 bond pending a court hearing Friday.

It could not immediately be determined if he has a lawyer. Listed numbers for his home were not answered.

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