A 22-year-old Londoner was convicted of trying to blackmail Apple over $ 100,000 of iTunes cards after wrongly claiming that he had access to 319 million iCloud accounts.
He variously threatened to sell access to account details and reset all accounts …
Apple reported the attempted extortion to law enforcement authorities in the United States and the United Kingdom, and the British National Crime Agency (NCA) conducted the investigation.
Officers from the NCA National Cyber Crime Unit arrested Kerem Albayrak at his home in north London. Digital devices were seized, including his phone, computers and hard drive.
NCA investigators found telephone tapes showing that Albayrak was the spokesperson for a group of hackers calling themselves "Turkish Crime Family".
He boasted of the group "the attack will occur 99.9%. Even if that's not the case, you're still going to get a LOT of media attention. "
Apple said there was no evidence that Albayrak or the TCF had compromised accounts, and the NCA confirmed it. Albayrak seems to have been something of a Walter Mitty character.
The NCA investigation also confirmed Apple's findings that there were no signs of compromise on the network. The data that Albayrak claimed to actually come from previously compromised third-party services that were mostly inactive.
When asked about some of his activities, Albayrak told NCA investigators "once you get caught (cybercrime), it escalates and it makes it interesting when it's illegal".
The thirsty cybercriminal of fame went on to say, "When you have power on the Internet, it's like celebrity and everyone respects you, and everyone runs after that."
The NCA said it was important that other companies threatened in this manner follow Apple's exile and report the crime.
Albayrak erroneously believed that he could escape justice after having hacked two accounts and trying to blackmail a large multinational.
During the investigation, it became clear that he was seeking fame and fortune. But cybercrime does not pay.
NCA is committed to bringing cybercriminals to justice. It is imperative that victims report these compromises as soon as possible and retain all evidence.
Albayrak was found guilty of attempted blackmail against Apple and sentenced to two years in prison, but he was suspended subject to having performed 300 hours of unpaid work, to comply with an electronic curfew. six months and no longer have any problems with the law.
The attempted extortion was originally made in 2017 but can only be reported after conviction.
Via Business Insider
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