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Watch the video: Miss Teen USA discusses her ordeal, on the PIX11 Morning News

(LA TIMES) — The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Wednesday they were investigating an alleged “sextortion” case involving newly crowned Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf from Orange County and other women.

Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles office, said the investigation was several months old but would not discuss any details of the case, including whether a suspect had been identified.

2013 Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf : I was a victim of cyberhacking

During a PIX11 News appearance, Miss Teen USA opened up about the hacking of her computer’s camera, which filmed intimate images of her. (PIX11)

Wolf, who was Miss California Teen USA before winning the Miss Teen USA pageant over the weekend at the Atlantis Hotel in the Bahamas, said in media interviews that she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to be in possession of nude photos of her taken via the webcam on her computer.

Wolf also said the author tried to extort her to ensure that the photos were not made public.

The incident, in which someone was able hack into Wolf’s computer and turn on its webcam, is the latest in a string of so-called “sextortion” cases involving individuals who have used email accounts, social media or a computer’s own hardware to glean compromising information or images of its user.