A Texan man, Oriyomi Sadiq Aloba (33), has been found guilty of hacking into the Los Angeles Superior Court computer system (LASC) and abused to send about 2 million phishing messages. The phishing campaign was aimed at getting victims' credit card numbers.
The man was convicted of hacking by US District Judge R. Gary Klausner to 145 months in federal prisons and the judge also ordered to pay 47.479 bail.
In July of 2017, Aloba and his associates compromised the email account of a court clerk and used it to send phishing emails to partners. The malicious messages included a link to a phishing website created to ask LASC users for their email addresses and passwords.
“Thousands of employees court received the Dropbox email and hundreds revealed their email credentials to the attacker. The compromised email accounts were then used to send out about 2 millions of phishing emails, ”the judge continued.
Aloba and her co-conspirators also sent phishing emails pretending to come from American Express, Wells Fargo and others Companies. In this case, the links included in the phishing emails indicated websites that required victims' bank credentials, personal information and credit card information.
The information provided by the victims through the fake website American Express are sent to an email account under the control of Texan.
Co-defendant Robert Charles Nicholson (28 years), from New York, pleaded guilty in June to a number of offenses and will be sentenced on November 4.
The Justice Minister also added that three other indictees allegedly hired by Aloba to create the "phishing tools" remain free outside the United States.