An ex-Yahoo employee hacked 6,000 accounts

A former Yahoo employee pleaded guilty to hacking thousands of Yahoo accounts for the purpose of finding sexually explicit photos and videos, the California Attorney General’s office said in a statement.

Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, spent more than 10 years as software engineer at the American company. He admitted in court that he used his privileged access to Yahoo to hack more than 6000 accounts mainly belonging to young women, including those of several personal friends and colleagues.

His ploy was to gain access to Yahoo’s accounts of the victims in order to reset the passwords of their accounts on other platforms, including iCloud, Facebook, Gmail and Dropbox in the hope of finding intimate photos . He then saved the images on a hard drive to his home.

“After his employer observed the suspicious activity on accounts, Ruiz admitted to destroying the computer and hard drive on which he stored the images,” the California Attorney General’s statement said.

Reyes Daniel Ruiz pleaded guilty to a charge of computer intrusion. He will be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison when sentenced on 3 February 2020.

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