Hacker pleads guilty to hacking Apple IDs of sports stars and musicians

first_imgPhishing scams have become common these days. Back in January we heard that iPhone users had been hit a phishing scam that fooled them into believing that they were getting a call from Apple support. And now, nearly three months later a new report has revealed how a hacker used a phishing scam to hack into the Apple Ids of sports stars and musicians.According to a report by the Justice Department, a Georgia, US based man named Kwamaine Jerell Ford used a phishing scam to obtain login credentials for Apple accounts of high profile atheletes and musicians, which primarily includes NBA and NFL players and rappers. He sent thousands of phishing emails to the victims pretending to be an Apple customer service executive and requested them send him their username and password or answers to security challenge questions.Ford, in his emails to the victims, claimed that he required the Apple account credentials either to reset their Apple accounts or to access videos that individuals were purportedly trying to send the victims. Following his request, dozens of sports stars and musicians provided him their login credentials, which he then used to log into their Apple accounts and take over them.He then used the credit card information stored in these accounts to pay for thousands of dollars in air travel, hotel stays, other travel expenses, furniture, and money transfers to online payment accounts, the Justice Department revealed.Ford was indicted on six cases of wire fraud, computer fraud, access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft each back in April last year. After a year of trial, he pleaded guilty to an account computer fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. His sentencing is scheduled for June 24 this year.advertisement”The high profile victims in this case are an example that no matter who you are, hackers like Ford are trying to get your personal information. This case demonstrates the need to be careful in protecting personal information and passwords, especially in response to suspicious e-mails. Hopefully this is a lesson for everyone, not just the victims in this case,” Chris Hacker Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta said in a press release.ALSO READ: | Beware! A new type of phishing scam is targeting iPhone usersALSO READ: | Apple isn’t targeting Netflix with Apple TV+, it is trying to build a TV service of futureALSO READ: | 600 million Facebook passwords seen by employees: What, how, when and why you must change your FB password nowlast_img read more