Google Employee Arrested by FBI for Nude Photo Scam
He claimed to be a researcher needing photos of a college student's naked breasts for a scientific study
A Google employee is in trouble for cyberstalking.
Nicholas Rotundo, 23, was arrested Oct. 4 and indicted by the FBI on three felony charges for allegedly obtaining nude photos of a female college student by posing as a researcher, then using the images to blackmail her.
Rotundo, an internal technology resident at Google, allegedly sent an email to an undergraduate at the University of Texas Dallas, claiming to be a scientific researcher conducting a study about women's breasts. His email promised $8,500 in exchange for nude photos.
After the victim sent naked pics of herself, she received a message, sent from a different email address, in which the sender claimed to have found the pics and threatened to distribute them online unless the student forwarded additional revealing photos, including a video of herself masturbating.
The student didn't respond to the email but went to campus police, who then notified the FBI.
Rotundo, who has worked at Google since June 2013, was indicted on two felony cyberstalking charges and one felony computer intrusion charge. He faces up to 10 years in prison. The Smoking Gun was first to report the news.
A Google rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment.