Fri. Jul 10th, 2020

Former Yahoo Employee Pleads Guilty to Hacking Thousands of Accounts

On Monday, a former Yahoo employee pleaded guilty to hacking thousands of Yahoo users’ accounts in order to find sexual images and videos.


According to a press release from the US Justice Department, Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, a former software developer, admitted to using his access to hack into about 6000 Yahoo accounts. Even more, Ruiz specifically targeted younger women — including his personal friends and work colleagues.


Worse still, Ruiz’s actions weren’t limited to Yahoo. After he cracked users’ Yahoo passwords, Ruiz used that information to hack other accounts such as Gmail, iCloud, and Dropbox. He then made copies of the images and videos and stored them on a computer at home.


Ruiz was charged with one count of computer intrusion and one count of interception of a wire communication, but under the plea agreement pleaded guilty to just the computer intrusion charge, the press release says.


If convicted, Ruiz could face up to five years in prison.