Former Yahoo engineer accessed private photos of women
The media reports that a former Yahoo engineer, Reyes Daniel Ruiz, has hacked into around 6,000 accounts of women, using his work access. He has searched for private information, including but not limited to nude images and videos of women, including his friends and coworkers, which he then downloaded to his personal hard drive. It has been noted in the Indictment that these activities took place between ’18 May and approximately 20 June 2018’. The US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California press release noted that Ruiz has admitted cracking passwords and using Internal Yahoo systems, which also lead to compromising the iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, DropBox and other accounts of the targeted female users, while he was searching for more of their private content. A federal grand jury indicted Ruiz on charges of ‘Computer Intrusion to Obtain Private Information’ and ‘Interception of Wire or Electronic Communications’. The data saved on his private hard drive he reportedly destroyed when the FBI investigation began. The media notes that ‘neither Yahoo not its parent company Verizon’ have made a comment so far. Ruiz sentence is scheduled for February 2020, when he faces a ‘maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, and a fine of $250,000, plus restitution to his victims’.