A 22-year-old Londoner was convicted of blackmail Apple with iTunes cards worth $100,000 after falsely claiming that he had access to 319 M iCloud accounts.
He threatened to sell access to account details and reset all accounts in various ways… Apple reported the alleged extortion of law enforcement agencies both in the U.S. and UK, and the investigation was led by the British National Crime Agency (NCA).
Apple said no evidence existed that any accounts had been compromised by Albayrak or the TCF, and the NCA confirmed that. It seems that Albayrak was something of a character from Walter Mitty.
The NCA said that following the example of Apple and reporting the crime is essential for other companies that are threatened in this way.
Albayrak was convicted of Apple’s attempted blackmail and sentenced to two years ‘ incarceration, but this was suspended due to 300 hours of unpaid work, complying with a six-month electronic curfew and staying out of further trouble with the law.
Originally, the extortion attempt was made in 2017, but can only be reported after the conviction.