A former Yahoo software engineer sued Monday in federal court Monday for hacking into thousands of Yahoo users' personal accounts, primarily in search of sexual images and videos, according to U.S. Department of Justice. CBS San Francisco reports on the allegation published by US attorney David. L Anderson with FBI Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett.
Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Tracy admitted to using his access to the job to hack into around 6,000 Yahoo accounts. Ruiz apparently shattered user passwords and gained access to internal Yahoo systems to gain access.
He admitted to targeting accounts of younger women, including work colleagues and friends from his personal life. Ruiz then made copies of photos and videos he took from the compromised accounts and stored the data on the home network.
Ruiz said after accessing users' Yahoo accounts, he then compromised iCloud, Facebook, Gmail, DropBox and other web accounts "in search of more private photos and videos," officials said.
After observing his suspicious activity by Yahoo, Ruiz admitted to corrupting his computer and hard drive as he stored the stolen images and videos. [1
Ruiz is released on terms of a $ 200,000 unsecured bond and is due back in February 2020. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $ 250,000 fine plus restitution.