Two men who allegedly developed an app that enabled criminals to harvest data that was personal from users of Photobucket, the photo sharing site, have been arrested in the United States.
An indictment against two hackers includes a claim they conspired to commit fraud.
The app the hackers designed allowed users to access accounts that were password protected giving them access to photos that were private.
It is unknown as to the number of members of Photobucket were affected by this breach. The app, whose name is an obscene pun on the Photobucket name, was marketed first back in 2012.
If the two, Athanasios Andriannakis and Brandon Bourret, are found guilty, they face a penalty of up to five years behind bars and a fine of $250,000, for the computer fraud.
They could face additional time in prison of up to as many as 10 years and another fine of $250,000 if found guilty of access device fraud.
The evidence that prosecutors have against the two men includes messages from customer service to users of PayPal and the app.
The head of technology for the company, Michael Clark said the company is continuing to support the work of the government through the criminal investigation that is still ongoing.
The company added that they congratulate the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI for their investigative work in indentifying as well as bringing to justice the perpetrators.
A Cybersecurity expert said that using PayPal made the pair easily traceable.
In those cases, law enforcement just follow all the money.
Personal data is real important for criminals. If they were using crypto currencies, it would have been much more difficult for law enforcement to find them.
On the Internet black market, one can sell a complete dossier of a family member for as much as $15 dollars.
If this could be done at scale, it could be done as a lucrative practice for thieves.
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