The Australian Federal Police found 85,925 stories stolen from film and music broadcasters of a 23-year-old man who was sentenced to two years in prison, two months, and 200 hours of community service for his actions.
During the arrest of the Sydney man in March, the laptop used for abuse and a cryptocurrency equivalent to 35,000 Australian dollars (about 8,180,000 forints) were confiscated.
In 2018, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) brought to the attention of Australian police a page called WickedGen. AFP found additional “create an account” sites called HyperGen, Autoflix, and Accountbot, which was also managed by the perpetrator.
Stolen accounts from everywhere
The account creation tools worked by selling stolen usernames, email addresses, and passwords – which could be used by Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify. The account information came from all over the world.
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These services had 152,863 registered users, from whom they earned a subscription fee of AUD $ 680,000 (around 160 million HUF) over the years.
Collecting and selling personal information is not a crime without victims. Crimes like these are precedents for more sinister forms of data theft and manipulation that can cause more serious harm to those involved.
Chris Goldsmith, director of the Agence France-Presse cybercrime division, noted this.
“Friendly thinker. Wannabe social media geek. Extreme student. Total troublemaker. Web evangelist. Tv advocate.”