A Sydney man was sentenced to prison for hacking 92 iCloud accounts

A Sydney man was sentenced to prison for hacking 92 iCloud accounts

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  • AFP investigators executed a search warrant at his home in February 2017 where they gathered information about a second online user offering his services as a ‘ripper’ to access iCloud accounts and share sexualised photos downloaded from the private accounts.

  • Australian Federal Police Cybercrime Operations began an investigation, known as Operation Ipone in July 2016 following a report from the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) about an online user from Rooty Hill, NSW who was illegally accessing sexualised videos and images from private Gmail accounts.

The person offering his services in various online forums was identified as a 48-year-old man residing in Parramatta, NSW at the time.

Three counts of accessing and modifying restricted data, knowing that the access was unauthorised, contrary to section 478.1(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth); and

The AFP gathered further evidence about the second man’s illegal activities, and he was arrested in September 2018. He was charged with:

One count of possessing child abuse material, contrary to Section 91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

On many occasions the man was offered money for this services, but instead requested the individual allow him to keep copies of the files for himself.

People targeted included women in his life, where he was able to gather enough details about them to access their accounts and download their personal images and videos.

The man unlawfully accessed 92 iCloud accounts between May 2013 and December 2015. Forensic analysis of storage devices seized during the search warrant at his residence in September 2018 revealed a large quantity of sexualised images and videos belonging to his victims, whose private accounts he had compromised.

Further analysis of the evidence also identified child abuse material on multiple electronic devices. The man was sentenced to jail on 1 October 2021 at the Downing Centre District Court.

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