A few days ago, the US Department of Justice issued a press release showing that former Yahoo engineers have pleaded guilty to illegally invading computers. At the time, the former Yahoo engineer used his internal authority to illegally enter the Yahoo internal server and then find the account credentials of his personal friend or work colleague. With these account credentials, the engineer turned to attack these people’s iCloud, Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox, and other online accounts.
“He made copies of images and videos that he found in the personal accounts without permission, and stored the data at his home. Once he had access to the Yahoo accounts, Ruiz admitted to compromising the iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, DropBox, and other online accounts of the Yahoo users in search of more private images and videos. After his employer observed the suspicious account activity, Ruiz admitted to destroying the computer and hard drive on which he stored the images.”
Although the engineer cleared all the hard drives that stored the private information, the law enforcement agencies eventually recovered most of the data from the damaged hard drive. Law enforcement agencies found that the engineer mainly visited young female colleagues and friends’ accounts, and the most direct purpose was to steal potential naked photos.
The engineer is currently accused of illegally invading computers and illegally intercepting wired communications. The engineer has now admitted the crime. The engineer may be imprisoned for up to five years, and the victim must be compensated for $250,000. The specific judgment will be finalized in February next year.