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A Yahoo engineer is not in jail after hacking 6.000 accounts

A former Yahoo engineer has been sentenced to five years in prison for hacking into the personal accounts of 6.000 Yahoo Mail users who were searching for sexually explicit images and videos.

Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Tracy, California, will be allowed to leave his home only to go to work, religious activities, medical appointments or court obligations.

The judge also ordered Ruiz to pay a fine of $ 5.000 and $ 118.456 in compensation to Yahoo (now Oath).

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Ruiz committed his crimes while working at Yahoo as an engineer since 2009.

Court documents say Reyes used his access to Yahoo's backend to gain access to hashed passwords and then split password strings to access the Yahoo accounts of younger women, including personal friends and colleagues.

Once he gained access to the accounts, Ruiz searched for sexually explicit images and videos, which he downloaded and saved to a staff member. hard drive in his house.

The researchers also said that Ruiz also used Yahoo's hacked email accounts to compromise victim profiles on other third-party services where victims used Yahoo's email to record and store personal files. It is believed that he has breached 100 additional accounts in services such as Apple iCloudThe gmailThe HotmailThe dropbox and Photobucket.

Ruiz's violation was identified by other Yahoo engineers in June 2018 and was later reported to authorities. Ruiz also realized that the attacks He was discovered by Yahoo staff and on the same day destroyed his personal hard drive, according to court documents.

Ruiz stopped working at Yahoo in July 2018 and the FBI searched his home a month later, in August. Ruiz admitted to agents that he destroyed the hard drive.

He was formally charged a year later in April 2019 and pleaded guilty in September. It was originally scheduled for February, but the hearing was delayed due to pandemic of the corona.

Because Ruiz destroyed his personal hard drive, U.S. prosecutors said they were able to locate only 3.137 of the approximately 6.000 victims.

The accused was treated with leniency due to her cooperation in his research and because he never published the pictures in Internet.

According to court documents, Ruiz collected about 2 TB of data, believed to be between 1.000 and 4.000 private images and videos.

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