iCloud Hacker Demands $175,000 From Apple
October 22, 2018 4:00 pm
Kerem Albayrak, 21, a computer analyst from the United Kingdom tried blackmailing Apple for £133,000 in Bitcoin and £837 iTunes vouchers. The hacker also posted a video of him hacking into iCloud accounts on Youtube.
Albayrak blackmailed Apple saying that he will release the iCloud users’ personal details if the company doesn’t send him Bitcoin. He threatened that he would leak 319 million Apple iCloud users’ personal information.
Albayrak lives in Hornsey, North London. He appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ court, charged with blackmail and unauthorized acts. The court said that he demanded $75,000 – roughly £50,000 – worth of Bitcoin. He also demanded iTunes vouchers worth $150,000 and $1,100.
He was granted an unconditional bail. An appeal and trial preparation will be heard at Southwark Crown Court on November 14. The prosecutor said that Albayrak is accused of sending emails to Apple making financial demands. These demands are about downloading database iCloud accounts and resetting those iCloud accounts.
Recently, a Canadian woman lost 62,500 Canadian dollars ($48,125) as a result of a Bitcoin ATM Scam. The victim said that she had sent the money to an unknown person impersonating the Canadian tax department through a Bitcoin ATM. The lady has filed a case against the ATM provider Instacoin ATM Canada Inc.
The woman spoke about how the scammer called her and threatened her with the intimate details about her family. She was a new immigrant and believed the threats of arrest and deportation. She transferred the money to a Bitcoin address given by the unknown man over a phone call.