Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hacker Stole Pics for Porn Website; BAR BOSS TOOK PRIVATE IMAGES FROM ICLOUD

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hacker Stole Pics for Porn Website; BAR BOSS TOOK PRIVATE IMAGES FROM ICLOUD

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Byline: SARA NICHOL Reporter sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk @SaraNichol10

A NEWCASTLE bar boss hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts and posted his victims' intimate pictures on amateur porn sites.

Craig Steinberg used computer software to gain access to the Apple users' accounts and download their private photographs, some of which showed them naked or engaging in sexual activity.

As well as stealing the images for his own sexual gratification, the 31-year-old then set up a website, where he posted the intimate pictures and charged members a fee to view them, a court heard.

Steinberg continued his criminal business for 16 months, making $3,000, or PS2,300, from "membership payments".

He was finally caught out when a victim in Essex found her private collection of sexual photographs had been published online and contacted Action Fraud. Police investigated and Steinberg was traced through his IP address, which linked him to his home in Lily Street, in Sunderland.

Officers executed a search warrant at his house and seized three phones, nine hard-drives and three memory sticks containing evidence of his hacking.

Now, the pervert has been locked up for 34 months after he pleaded guilty to 14 offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

Mark Giuliani, prosecuting at Newcastle Crown Court, said Steinberg was the manager of a busy Newcastle city centre bar when his hacking enterprise began in November 2015.

He used software and clever guesswork from viewing his victims' Facebook accounts to get passwords, which enabled him to gain access to the iCloud accounts.

Mr Giuliani added: "The general background is that he [Steinberg] obtained some software, which enabled him to access 272 Apple iCloud accounts for the purpose of obtaining private, sexual photographs. "He then posted some of those images in a website he ran. …

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