Horror as Nottingham man found with webcam files of young girl showering and undressing

Victims of hacker Robert Davies have spoken of their devastation and feeling violated and embarrassed after the software engineer secretly gained access to intimate messages and images.

Davies used software to remotely hack into someone’s computer or get a full copy of someone’s Apple iCloud backup.

He was a customer of weleakinfo, an online marketplace selling stolen credentials, which was taken offline last year following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Davies, 32, from Byron Close, Colwick, was infecting his victims’ phones or computers with malware that was not detected by virus protection.

He also did “catfishing” – where he created a Skype account under a false name – and engaged in sexual communication with women.

In total, NCA officers identified and visited more than 30 victims.

In one of them, a victim was a vulnerable young girl who said afterwards: “He was the only person who told me that I was beautiful, when I was at my worst”.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday January 11 Davies had six files of her from her webcam of her shower, dressing and undressing in her bedroom, and was spying on what she was doing and making footage of her indecent.

She said in a statement: “It got to the point that he would often try to groom me. He would tell me how beautiful I looked. He would sometimes ask me to put my camera on. I agreed several times .”

Davies sent him photos of his torso and private area, but found excuses not to turn on his camera.

Speaking of him “without remorse or shame”, she added: “He makes me not trust men. He makes me not trust anyone.”

Davies also had various images, videos and chat threads on his device relating to a complete stranger, which Ms Coleman said ‘were extremely private and personal’.

Miss Coleman said ‘there was a picture of her and her partner in her bedroom’.

She told the court: “This, according to the Crown, was an utterly atrocious invasion of her privacy. She feels violated.”

One woman, whose pictures and chats were obtained from her iCloud, described feeling her behavior was “scary”.

Another said she was “stomach sick about what this defendant did”, and is now sticking Blu-Tack on the cameras of all devices.

Davies was in possession of a woman’s data and an image of her lying on her bed holding her underwear – a private image of her face and in black shorts – and only to be shared with her partner.

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“Another utterly atrocious invasion of privacy,” Miss Coleman added.

Simon Stevens, representing Davies, told the court: ‘He has acknowledged that he has taken advantage of people and accepted in a way that has caused harm and he apologizes for that.

Davies pleaded guilty to 24 offenses under the Computer Misuse Act, voyeurism, three counts of possession of indecent images of children, fabrication of indecent images of children, and possession of extreme pornographic images.

He was sentenced to 26 months in prison and must sign the sex offender register, face a 10-year injunction and a sexual abuse prevention order.

Andrew Shorrock, director of operations for the NCA’s National Cybercrime Unit, said: “Davies had amassed what can only be described as a cybercriminal’s toolkit.

“Not only was he using these tools to break into people’s devices, he was using them to spy on his unsuspecting victims and to steal nude images of them for his own sexual gratification.

“Even more disturbing is the fact that at least one of his victims was a teenager and we found a collection of child sexual abuse images and videos on his computer.

“Increasing the barrier of entry into cybercrime by reducing the availability and accessibility of off-the-shelf tools is a key objective for the NCA. We work with a range of partners to target both criminals and their infrastructure, ultimately disrupting and deterring this type of crime.

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