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Fraudster threatened to remove 319 million iCloud accounts and was convicted

04.01.2020 0 Comments

Fraudster threatened to remove 319 million iCloud accounts and was convicted

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Do not blackmail Apple.

22-year-old resident of London Kerem Albayrak was convicted of trying to blackmail get iTunes cards worth $ 100,000 from Apple. The culprit threatened Apple with hacking and dumping data from 319 million iCloud accounts to which he allegedly has access.

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Fraudster threatened to remove 319 million iCloud accounts and was convicted

Apple reported an attempted extortion to US and UK law enforcement agencies. The investigation was led by the British National Crime Agency. Intelligence agents tracked down the ransomware and carried out an arrest at his home in north London. All digital devices, including a telephone, computers and a hard drive, were seized from his apartment.

According to investigators, the phone records revealed that Albayrak is a representative of the Turkish Crime Family (“Turkish criminal family”) hacker group. In a general chat with other hackers, he repeatedly boasted that the attack on Apple servers would take place with a probability of 99.9%.

Apple said that there is no evidence that Albayrak or members of his hacker group hacked into any iTunes accounts. The British intelligence services confirmed this, saying that Albayrak was only trying to blackmail Apple.

The offender was convicted of attempting blackmail and sentenced to two years probation. The sentence entered into force if the convict refuses to fulfill the 300 hours of community service assigned to him or violates the six-month electronic curfew.

Source: 9to5Mac.

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