Online privacy is one of the most relevant and controversial issues brought about by the internet age.
Hackers invading our online accounts for information is a source of constant worry to many people, and for good reason!
Reyes Daniel Ruiz was an employee at Yahoo! until he was fired for breaking into "about 6,000" private accounts in search of sexual images of the owners.
Ruiz was charged with one count of "computer intrusion" and one count of "interception of a wire communication."
Former Yahoo Software Engineer Pleads Guilty to Using Work Access to Hack Into Yahoo Users’ Personal Accounts: Reye… https://t.co/GdcENbO5iH— FBI SanFrancisco (@FBI SanFrancisco) 1569988807.0
After receiving a deal, he plead guilty to the count of computer intrusion and now faces up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and "restitution to the victims."
@vbarreirojr so Engineer Reyes Daniel Ruiz maybe are one of the reason why my phone was hacked and compromised and… https://t.co/KlbliyGKtd— CharlieJr.E.Braganza (@CharlieJr.E.Braganza) 1570018279.0
Ruiz was released from his position after an FBI investigation noticed "suspicious activity" linking back to him.
This Yahoo engineer abused his privilege and used it to hack into the email accounts of 6,000 young women, hoping t… https://t.co/DGYAO4Dx92— Justin Irabor (@Justin Irabor) 1570008818.0
Not only did the former software engineer break into Yahoo! accounts using his backend tools, he then took the passwords he was able to attain to log onto users' separate Gmail, iCloud, and Dropbox accounts (if people used the same password for each).
RIP Yahoo. The evil you have done is enough - https://t.co/l7V2R4DoJV— Justin Irabor (@Justin Irabor) 1570008856.0
The materials Ruiz stole were kept on a home computer.
When he thought the FBI was closing in on him, he destroyed it.
@HuffPost Lock him/her up!— Syimon Templar (@Syimon Templar) 1569968196.0
Big tech companies and the access their employees have to their client's private information has been a topic of much heated discussion as of late.
Google, Apple, Android and Amazon all recently revised their standards and practices regarding employee-review of snippets recorded by home assistants like Alexa.
@HuffPost Im shocked and appalled 🥺— Kirkland Drip🏁 (@Kirkland Drip🏁) 1569970649.0
Previously, it was revealed employees occasionally listen in on Alexa owners to help improve the system's speech functions, but also that these employees would comment on and even make fun of what they heard.
@NBCNews https://t.co/Di4o7H98yv— Ashley⚡️ (@Ashley⚡️) 1569911484.0
We must all be very careful about what we post online.
Even when individuals like Ruiz aren't involved, giant hacks like the one that recently exposed all 3 billion Yahoo! accounts can strike at any moment.
@NBCNews like the 30th hack yahoo has allowed— Charlie Roast (@Charlie Roast) 1569920921.0
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