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Brit dad hacked 700 webcams worldwide to spy on women until FBI snared him

A British hacker was snared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation after hacking into over 700 webcams to covertly spy on women around the world.

Christopher Taylor, 60, was rumbled by the FBI after tricking 772 people into relinquishing control of their webcams, with the dad-of-three then able to monitor their private lives.

Malware used by the 60-year-old gave him full access to the webcams, logging on to check his victims out as they studied, practiced yoga and even had sexual intercourse with their partner, Bolton Crown Court heard.

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All the while, Taylor was secretly watching from a laptop at his home in Wigan, with FBI agents eventually tipped off to the creepy computer user, MEN reported.

A laptop belonging to a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology showed the malware was in use, and eventually it led back to Taylor, whose home was raided in 2016.

Taylor, who was jailed for 14 months, is said to have watched on from Wigan for his own "sexual gratification", amassing 80,000 images and videos between 2010 and 2016.

In total, 82 images of bestiality were found, including one sick video of a woman having sex with a dog.

The 60-year-old had also deleted thousands of files before his arrest, luring victims in with phony porn websites that, when clicked, would grant him full access to their laptop, including their webcam.

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Neil Fryman, prosecuting, said: "Many of these images and videos captured people eating, working, lying in bed and doing yoga. However, there were also a number of images that showed people in various stages of undress and involved in sexual activity."

Taylor had previously pleaded guilty to securing unauthorised access to computer material and voyeurism, as well as possession of extreme pornography.

A London court previously ruled against extraditing Taylor on the grounds that it could "negatively impact" his ailing wife, although Judge Martin Walsh, overseeing the Bolton trial today, noted the "gravity" of the offences.

Judge Walsh said: "The offences involved a gross invasion into the privacy of very many individuals. The offending took place over a lengthy period of time and was undertaken following a significant degree of sophisticated planning and preparation."

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