A person gained unauthorized entry to greater than 100 ladies’s digital accounts, all of which have been password-protected, in line with an announcement this week from Assistant US Lawyer Melissa M. Marangola.
Between March 2015 and December 2016, Justin Potts, 37, of Rochester, NY, used laptop knowhow and password breaking software program to reap the usernames and passwords of girls’s on-line accounts.
Potts used Elcomsoft Cellphone Breaker software program to achieve entry to the accounts, in line with a report within the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, citing a plea settlement.
Elcomsoft Cellphone Breaker “permits forensic entry to info saved in a variety of Apple units working all variations of iOS,” in line with Elcomsoft’s web site.
It could possibly carry out “over-the-air acquisition of iOS units, break into encrypted backups, get hold of and analyze backups, synchronized knowledge and passwords from Apple iCloud,” Elcomsoft says.
Elcomsoft additionally provides forensic instruments for governments, army, regulation enforcement and IT safety.
“Sure, generally our software program is being utilized by dangerous individuals for dangerous functions, like breaking into another person’s account. That is, in fact, a violation of our software program settlement, however there’s little we are able to do to forestall that,” a Elcomsoft spokesperson instructed Fox Information.
“Our software program is usually supposed for Regulation Enforcement Businesses,” the spokesperson added.
On this case, Potts accessed Fb, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail accounts, in line with the assertion from the Division of Justice US Lawyer’s Workplace Western District of New York.
He gained entry to those accounts with out permission of the house owners and used this entry to acquire their private info and private images, Marangola stated.
Potts then saved the private info of the varied ladies on his digital units.
Rochester police alerted the FBI’s Cyber Activity Power about Potts in March 2017, in line with the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
On Potts’ storage units, brokers discovered about 450 laptop recordsdata that indicated unauthorized entry into the ladies’s password-protected accounts, in line with the Chronicle.
Potts was sentenced to 3 years’ probation by US District Choose Charles J. Siragusa.
He additionally had a earlier conviction, in line with the Chronicle.