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Hacker admits breaking into celebrity musicians’ and athletes’ Apple accounts


Georgia hacker, 27-yr-old Kwamaine Jerell Ford, whom authorities found breaking into professional athletes' as also musicians' Apple accounts, admitted to compromising many star athletes' and musicians' accounts on Apple while spending huge sums of American dollars from the very A/Cs of those individuals.


As per U.S Department-of-Justice, Ford acquired the login details of several dozen star athletes, notably NFL and NBA champions, along with widely celebrated rappers, via certain spoofed e-mail campaign. Ford dispatched fraudulent electronic mails that spoofed the id of a support representative of Apple. In that message, Ford directed the recipients to reply to certain questions pertaining to online security as well as tell their username-password combos. On receipt of that info, Ford would use it for logging into associated Apple A/Cs while try getting hold over them. At this juncture Apple states it found several hundred illegitimate logins for getting into victims' Apple A/Cs.


The hacker, using the credentials, gained access to the associated credit card accounts from where he paid for money-transfers, furniture, hotels, air travels and more. Ford is now facing charges of 6 instances each of access device embezzlement, PC fraud, wire fraud, as also aggravated ID-theft. The accused has admitted to 1 instance each of ID-theft and PC fraud. Ford is expected to hear a sentencing in June.


As per United States Attorney's Office in-charge of Virginia of Northern District, Mr. Kwamaine Jerell Ford attacked celebrity musicians and star athletes followed with tricking them into revealing the passwords of their Apple accounts. As says Special Agent Chris Hacker responsible for FBI Atlanta, the celebrity victims within the current instance go to prove that immaterial of who a person is, hackers akin to Ford attempt at seizing one's personal information. Thus, one requires being watchful in safeguarding their passwords and other personal info, particularly while handling dubious e-mails, cautions Chris. www.macrumors.com posted this, March 29, 2019.


Indeed various platform holders, especially Apple, have phishing as one repeated problem. Thus, the safeguards from such phishing are keeping a skeptical approach and enabling dual-factor verification. As a matter of fact, representatives from Apple neither suddenly contact people nor demand login credentials.


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