This continued until an incident occurred wherein she was discovered by a group of hackers on Efnet who teased her for their own amusement.
After she reacted humorously to their taunts, Jenni Cam was hacked, and Ringley received death threats. Initially, the camera tended to be turned off during especially private moments, but eventually this custom was abandoned, and images were captured of Ringley engaging in sex. in 1998, she added webcams to cover the additional living space (four webcams captured images of her life).
Ringley owned several ferrets and Modern Ferret featured Jenni and one of her pets on the front cover.
As an actress, she was cast in "Rear Windows '98," a 1998 episode of the TV series Diagnosis Murder, portraying Joannecam, a fictionalized version of herself.
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This was a new use of Internet technology in 1996 and some viewers were interested in its sociological implications while others watched it for sexual arousal.
The Jenni Cam website coincided with a rise in surveillance as a feature of popular culture, exemplified by the 1998 film The Truman Show and reality television programs such as Big Brother, and as a feature of contemporary art and new media art.
Out of the public eye, she stated, "I really am enjoying my privacy now.
In May 1997, Ringley graduated from Dickinson with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. She began charging for access to her site, allowing both paid and free access with the paid access updating the images more frequently than the free access.
She added more pages to her website that included pictures of her cats and ferrets.
She also hosted her own Internet talk show titled The Jennishow on The Sync, an early webcasting network based in Laurel, Maryland.
Ringley's standard of living improved with a new larger apartment, expensive furniture and several business trips to Amsterdam with her accountant.