Hacker held 300mn iPhones to ransom, blackmailed Apple

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December 23, 2019

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Hacker held 300mn iPhones to ransom, blackmailed Apple

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SAN FRANCISCO: A self-proclaimed hacker who held over 300 million iPhones to ransom after gaining access to their iCloud details.

He threatened to factory reset their iPhones has pleaded guilty to blackmailing the Cupertino-based tech giant.

Kerem Albayrak, 22, claiming to be a member of the ”Turkish Crime Family” hacking group, tried to blackmail Apple after threatening to delete hundreds of millions of Apple accounts, Forbes reported on Sunday.

Albayrak was sentenced last week to a two-year suspended jail term, along with 300 hours of unpaid work and an electronic curfew for six months, at Southwark Crown Court in London.

He threatened to factory reset more than 319 iCloud accounts, effectively holding iPhone user data to ransom, as well as “other” Apple accounts.

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