Married labourer, 57, who hacked the webcams of 772 women across world is battling US extradition after FBI found footage of victims having sex or getting dressed on laptop at his Wigan home
- Christopher Taylor, 57, spied on 772 victims across 39 different countries
- Duped women into downloading software which gave him control of webcam
- Tricked a student at Georgia Institute of Technology into downloading the app
- School security called the FBI which tracked the IP address to Taylor’s UK home
- Taylor and his wife told judge they’d take their lives if he loses extradition battle
A labourer who hacked into hundreds of webcams across the world to watch women undressing and having sex is facing extradition to the US after the FBI tracked his computer, a court heard today.
Christopher Taylor spied on 772 victims across 39 different countries from his home in Wigan between August 2012 and July 2015.
The 57-year-old was tracked down by the FBI after hacking the computer of a university student in America.
He and his wife told a judge in London they would both take their own lives if Taylor was extradited to the US to face charges of voyeurism.
Christopher Taylor, who spied on 772 victims across 39 different countries from his home in Wigan, is facing extradition to the US
Taylor tricked the unsuspecting women into downloading the ‘Cammy’ software that allowed him to take control of their webcams by packaging it as a recognisable computer program.
Cammy is listed as an ‘all in one camera alarm system’ on the company’s LinkedIn page.
He tricked a student at Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology into downloading the app onto her university laptop, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
When she connected her computer to the university’s network it alerted the school’s security who then called the FBI.
The US agency tracked the IP address to Taylor, who confessed to invading the privacy of his victims during an interview with Greater Manchester police and FBI agent Roderick Coffin.
It is said they found hundreds of images of people ‘in various stages of undress and involved in sexual activity’ on his laptop, all of whom were unaware of the intrusion.
The extradition hearing was told 52 of his victims, some seven per cent of those hacked, are believed to live in the UK.
A Georgia grand jury indicted Taylor with charges of wire and computer fraud in January 2019.
Taylor and his wife Wendy told District Judge Michael Fanning they would take their own lives if he loses the extradition battle.
Appearing on video-link from separate rooms of their home in Wigan, Christopher said his wife ‘just does lots of crying.’
He told the judge: ‘She’s terrified of me being extradited and being left alone.
‘I’m just not coping at all. I’m having bad thoughts about ending my life. I’m so sorry for what I’ve done.
‘I would never come back or I would come back in a coffin I know I would and I know my wife wouldn’t be here to stand it, I know she would end her life too I know she would. I’m so sorry.’
Taylor admits the offences but is fighting extradition to the US in a three-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court
Mrs Taylor broke down crying when asked what she would do if her husband was extradited, adding: ‘I wouldn’t want to live actually, I wouldn’t want to be a burden on my children.
‘If they take him over there I know he wouldn’t survive it anyway so I would just take my own life.
‘I would be worried sick about what’s happening to him over there because I’ve seen programmes on American prisons.’
Taylor admits the offences but is fighting extradition to the US in a three-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
The hearing continues.