What you need to know
- A Los Angeles County man has pled guilty to stealing over 620,000 iCloud images from Apple users.
- Hao Kuo Chi, 40, of La Puente, posed as Apple customer support and duped customers into handing over their credentials.
- Chi hacked the accounts of over 300 victims.
A Los Angeles County man has pled guilty to four felonies, after he stoles 620,000 iCloud photos from Apple users.
LA Times reports:
According to the report, Chi posed as Apple customer support staff in emails, tricking users into handing over their iCloud credentials. The report states Chi access the photos and videos of at least 306 victims in the U.S., most of whom were young women. He also worked with co-conspirators and advertised his skills online:
Chi reportedly said he did not know who was involved and said he was scared that the revelation of his crimes would ruin his whole life. He also said he was remorseful for what he did. Chi had a Dropbox account with 620,000 stolen photos and 9,000 videos, and appears to have been caught after posting pictures of an unnamed public figure to a pornographic website:
Chi reportedly faces up to five years in prison for each of the four crimes he pled guilty to, namely one count of conspiracy and three counts of gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer.
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