An Electronic Life – How to Destroy a Life through Sextortion

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75 Minutes

Originally Aired
April 8, 2021

Lou Luba
Lou Luba, JD, MPA, MA
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney – Part A (Major Felony)
Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice – Windham State’s Attorney Office

This workshop will address the case of State of Connecticut v. Christopher Lamb, and how a single person can devastate numerous lives through a few keystrokes. In this case, the defendant hacked into and took over the cloud storage and social media accounts of over 20 teenage victims, through exploiting his friendship with the victims and simple social engineering. After taking over their accounts, the defendant downloaded all their personal information, including naked pictures and contacts, and subsequently engaged in “sextortion” by threatening to release these intimate pictures of them to all their contacts if they did not provide him with additional naked pictures. Ultimately, the defendant sent these pictures to all their contacts (including schools and employers), as well as posted them on various “slut-shaming” websites. Recorded post-conviction interviews give a unique insight into the thought process and methodical social engineering process utilized by the offender, as well as the motive behind his actions. Information and studies related to the growing criminal threat of “sextortion,” as well as recommendations regarding law enforcement investigations, charging and plea-negotiation considerations and addressing multiple victims’ needs will be presented.


As a result of this webinar, participants will be better able to:

  • Explore the mind of a hacker and social media predator.
  • Recognize the growing threat of “sextortion” and the devastating effects on victims.
  • Discuss unique charging considerations and plea agreement negotiations involved in such cases, including addressing multiple victims needs and concerns.
  • Identify the various resources available to assist victims of such crimes.


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