The attacker sold his services on the Internet, and also kept stolen photos and videos.
Male from Southern California (USA) confessed colluding with other criminals to hack into hundreds of Apple iCloud accounts. Hao Kuo Chi, 40, has been hacking accounts mainly to steal pictures of naked girls.
Chi has been involved in the photography and video trade since at least 2014, authorities said. He, along with other attackers, “conspired to hack Apple iCloud accounts of hundreds of people across the country in search of nude photos and videos of users.” After the theft of intimate materials, the criminals sold, exchanged or kept them for themselves.
Chi advertised his services online by posing as a “hacker for hire” and using the pseudonym icloudripper4you. Chi and his accomplices used foreign encrypted e-mail to cover up their illegal activities.
Chi’s account hacking method involved a fairly basic phishing scheme in which he posed as an Apple support employee. Thus, he tricked the victims into “providing him with their Apple ID and passwords,” and then stole personal photos or videos.
During their investigation, police found two Gmail accounts associated with Chi, containing more than half a million emails. About 4,700 of them contained the victims’ iCloud credentials.
Searches of Chi’s home in La Puente, California, found about 620,000 stolen photos and videos. Chia also admitted to police that he hacked into at least 200 people’s accounts at the request of other people on the Internet.
Instagram said it is strengthening the protection of its underage users
The head of Instagram is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on December 7 and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children.
Tuesday, December 7th, Instagram administration stated the intention to carefully select the content recommended for teens and to nudge them to other areas if they get hung up on one thing. On its blog, the service announced a few more changes that will affect teenagers.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on Wednesday, December 7, and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children online.
Recently, Instagram and parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) have come under fire for the potential harm to the mental health and safety of children online.
According to Mosseri, Instagram will disable the ability for users to tag or mention teenagers who are not their followers. Starting in January 2022, teenagers will have the opportunity to massively delete their content, previously set “likes” and written comments.
The service looked at control tools to limit potentially harmful or sensitive content to teens through search, hashtags, short videos (Reels) and featured pages, Mosseri said.
Instagram is also launching a Take a Break feature for users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, which will remind users to distract themselves if the user is stuck in the app for a long time.
In March 2022, Instagram will launch its first parental control tool that will allow parents and guardians to see how much time a teen is spending on the app.
In September of this year, the Instagram administration decided to postpone the launch of the version of the application for children for now, and now the press service of the service has confirmed that the Instagram management does not intend to return to this project yet.
Israeli authorities strengthen oversight of cyber technology exports
The move follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware developer NSO Group.
As the Associated Press reported, the decision was made just days after another NSO Group spyware scandal. US diplomats in Uganda have been targeted by a software tool developed by the NSO Group. Spyware, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, has been used to hack iPhone smartphones by at least nine US foreign policy officials.
The NSO Group has faced a flood of international criticism over accusations that it helps governments spy on political opponents and human rights defenders. However, according to the company itself, its product is intended solely to help countries in the fight against crime and terrorism. Israel’s Defense Ministry has also drastically reduced the list of countries to which Israeli companies are allowed to sell their cyber technology. If earlier the list included 102 countries, now it has been reduced to 37. In particular, Israel’s new allies Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, in which cases of human rights violations are known, were excluded from it.
Life360 service is suspected of selling geodata of children to third parties
The company is one of the largest providers of confidential information on the personal data market.
Specialists of the non-profit organization The Markup spent investigation into the service Life360, which allows tracking the geolocation of children. As it turned out, the company is one of the largest providers of confidential information in the personal data market.
The Markup contacted two former employees of the so-called “data brokers” Cuebiq and X-Mode. Life360 made about $ 16 million in 2020 from selling user data to dozens of different companies, according to whistleblowers. In addition, two former Life360 employees also told the organization about the company’s additional source of income.
According to a former X-Mode employee, the raw location data from Life360 was one of the most valuable offerings on the market due to the sheer volume and accuracy of the data. A former Cuebiq employee joked that the company would not be able to carry out its marketing campaigns without the constant stream of location data from Life360.
The functionality of the service allows you to prohibit the transfer of data, but this is not directly communicated to the user. This function is hidden in several sub-items of the settings, and consent to the use of information for commercial purposes is activated by default.
Whistleblowers said the company did not maintain adequate user anonymity and only removed names or home addresses prior to the sale. The rest of the information made it possible to easily identify the identity of the user. Any organization could become a buyer of data from Life360; the company did not enter into transactions only with government agencies.
The founder of the company, Chris Hulls (Chris Hulls) was unable to confirm or deny the results of the investigation.
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