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PHISHER PLEADS GUILTY IN SCAM TARGETING HIGH-PROFILE CELEBRITIES, ATHLETES
A phishing scam perpetrated by a man stealing sensitive personal information from high-profile individuals should provide a warning sign to organizations of all sizes: this could happen to you without the right safeguards in place. According to a report in Dark Reading, a Dacula, Ga. resident named Kwamaine Jerell Ford has pled guilty to one count of computer fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft in a scheme where he stole credit card information from the Apple accounts of celebrity rappers, NBA and NFL players. Dark Reading reported that the number of targets who fell for the phishing scam totaled in the dozens. According to the US Department of Justice, the 27-year old cybercriminal posed as an Apple customer support representative in thousands of phishing emails asking targets to reset their accounts, through which he gained access to their account and then stole credit card numbers. He then made a series of high cost purchases using these stolen cards including air travel, hotels, and furniture, and initiating money transfers to online accounts.
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