Kerem Albayrak, a 22-year-old Londoner, had a plan back in 2017. With his computer skills he wanted to mark himself as the mother of all bluffs, and threaten none other than Apple herself . His “weapons”, the private information of 319 million iCloud accounts.
In exchange for not deleting or releasing the data from all those accounts to the public, Kerem asked for $100,000 in the form of a balance for purchases in Apple stores. There was only one thing wrong: he didn’t really have any information on any Apple user. It was all a hoax to see if Apple would give in to blackmail, which didn’t work.
In response to the threat, Apple contacted the authorities and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) located Kerem at his home. He was arrested there , from where several electronic devices were also seized. The young man belonged to a group called ‘Turkish Crime Family’, from where he presumed that his “attack” would attract a lot of media attention worldwide.
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After examining Kerem’s devices, the NCA concluded that the boy had gone upstairs after gaining access to two user accounts and set out to launch the threat to Apple. However, there is no hard evidence that Kerem ever managed to get the credentials of 319 million user accounts. As we said, was a hoax .
All this happened two years ago, but it was not until the judgment was passed that the fact was made public. To avoid a two-year prison sentence, Kerem will have to do 300 hours of unpaid work and stay away from any electronic device for six months .