A 22-year-old man has tried to blackmail Apple by claiming he had access to 319 million iCloud accounts. However, an investigation found that Albayrak had not compromised Apple’s systems.
In March 2017, Kerem Albayrak from north London threatened to wipe 319 million accounts unless Apple gave him iTunes gift cards worth $100,000 (£76,000). He posted a video on YouTube that appeared to show him breaking in to two accounts.
The blackmailer was arrested at his home in north London about two weeks after sending his threat. He has been given a two year suspended jail sentence and ordered to do 300 hours of unpaid work. In addition to the 300 hours of unpaid work, he has been given a six month electronic curfew.
“Albayrak wrongly believed he could escape justice after hacking in to two accounts and attempting to blackmail a large multi-national corporation,” said Anna Smith, a senior investigative officer for the NCA.