A man in Georgia named Kwamaine Jerell Ford to plead guilty today for hacking Apple IDs of professional athletes and famous rappers. He stole sensitive information and credit card information from these people, and he got caught for doing this. Here’s what we know so far about this security breach.
To begin with, Ford hijacked several Apple IDs. The people involved in this breach are famous athletes and rappers. In a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of The Northern District of Virginia:
“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,” said Chris Hacker Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta. “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.”
It’s true that everyone has to be careful with sensitive information and scam emails. There were lots of phishing emails regarding iTunes cards and Apple IDs frequently in the past. Everyone in the digital world can be hacked, and that’s why you shouldn’t give out your sensitive information and your credit card number to people you don’t trust.
Not only Ford started the Apple ID breach recently, but it started long ago in March 2015. He started targeting the Apple IDs of NFL players, NBA players, and famous rappers. Then he started sending scam emails of Apple ID account alerts and asked them for Apple ID passwords, billing information, and Apple ID email addresses. He also impersonated himself as an Apple representative. After he gathered the information from these people, he proceeded to hack their Apple IDs and take them over. Evidence from Apple states that there were hundreds of unauthorized logins to these targeted accounts.
Ford then used the billing information to pay for hotels, furniture, airplane tickets, and much more. After he got in trouble for breaching the athletes’ and rappers’ accounts, he has over 6 charges for computer fraud, wire transfer fraud, and identity theft. He pleads guilty for identity theft and computer fraud charges.
Therefore, it’s best to learn your lesson from getting scammed and getting yourself struck by phishing emails. Never give out your passwords, sensitive information and billing information to unsolicited people and those who you don’t even trust. Apple will never, ever ask for your information and send you unnecessary emails, calls, and texts. If you get a scam call from someone claiming to be from Apple, or an email of an account alert that didn’t happen to you, do not open anything or give out your information to them. Delete the email, report it to Apple, and you’ll not be next for the hackers like Ford.
You can learn more about phishing from Apple’s website.