A 22-year-old man who claimed to be the spokesman for a hacker group called the "Turkish Crime Family" has pleaded guilty in London to trying to blackmail Apple, reports Bloomberg.

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In March 2017, Kerem Albayrak claimed to have access to several million iCloud accounts and demanded that Apple pay $75,000 in cryptocurrencies, or he would reset a number of the accounts and make the database available online. He later raised his demand to $100,000.

Apple responded to the ransom threat at the time by saying there had been no breaches of its systems. Indeed, according to the U.K.'s National Crime Agency (NCA), the data Albayrak claimed to have was from previously compromised third-party services which were mostly inactive, as Apple originally claimed.

A senior investigative officer at the NCA said in a statement that during the investigation, "it became clear that Albayrak was seeking fame and fortune."

Branded a "fame-hungry cyber-criminal" by the NCA, Albayrak told investigators that "when you have power on the internet it's like fame and everyone respects you, and everyone is chasing that right now."

Albayrak avoided prison time and instead was given a two-year suspended sentence following the NCA investigation. He was also sentenced to a six-month electronic curfew and 300 hours of unpaid work.

Top Rated Comments

gnasher729 Avatar
20 months ago

300 Hours of free work? Probably hired the guy, without pay, to help in cyber-crime.
Guy was an idiot. No help at all helping in solving cyber-crime. Not much help in committing cyber-crime either.


More like an adolescent holding up a bank with a black plastic AR-15, but your remaining point is still true.
Holding up a bank with a black plastic AR-15 can easily get you killed. All he would get is a Darwin Award.
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Crowbot Avatar
20 months ago
What were you looking for, 20 years? What he did was like a kid trying to hold up a store with a red plastic water gun. Hopefully, the sentence he got will deter him from trying something like this again.

Payments by Apple to the UK government? Not likely.
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blackmolecule Avatar
20 months ago
I see lots of Turkish people and universities on the list of security fixes that Apple releases. If he was looking for “respect” he should be on these lists, not blackmailing people nor Apple.
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Kabeyun Avatar
20 months ago

What he did was like a kid trying to hold up a store with a red plastic water gun.
More like an adolescent holding up a bank with a black plastic AR-15, but your remaining point is still true.
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gnasher729 Avatar
20 months ago
He went to court in London, so it's UK law. I wonder what payment made by Apple would have ensured that he gets a proper jail sentence.

Since this was misunderstood: Not payment to the police or government, but to the crook. In the USA, any crime that cost >$5,000 would be a whole new category of severity. Here Apple didn't pay anything. Would he have gone to jail if Apple paid £5,000?
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fairuz Avatar
20 months ago
$75K would be very little for such a breach. That alone shows he wasn't serious.
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