Government worker pretends to be Google employee to get passwords and steal nude photos of womenBy Mason White 11:01 AM May 25, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A federal agent was arrested after using his work computer in a twisted extortion plot.
The U.S. government employee was arrested at the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, on his way back to Britain.
35-year-old Michael Ford, was accused of running an extortion scam, where he stole sexually explicit images from Internet accounts of college students and then blackmailed them for more photos and videos.
The married man, who is father of a 15-month-old son, works at the U.S. embassy in London. He is suspected of victimizing hundreds of young college girls across the country by hacking into their accounts to find sexually explicit photos, using his State Department computer.
Ford is accused of pretending to be a Google employee and threatened to close the accounts of the women unless they provide their personal information and passwords.
He then used the passwords access their Internet accounts, where the photos were stored, according to the arrest warrant.
Ford then threatened to publish the photos with their names and addresses unless the victims sent him more explicit photos.
Ford, who worked for the embassy since 2009, faces several charges, including cyber-stalking and making interstate threats.
Ford was arrested on Sunday, while trying to board a flight to London with his family. His bond was set at $50,000.