“At least 306” victims
Chi’s plea agreement with federal prosecutors in Tampa, Florida, acknowledged “at least 306” victims. This number may be considerably smaller than the true total, since the FBI found that about 4,700 out of 500,000 emails in two of Chi’s Gmail accounts—
applebackupicloud at Gmail—contained iCloud credentials that Chi tricked his victims into providing.
According to Chi, he selected roughly 200 of these victims based on online requests. Chi marketed his iCloud break-in “services” under the nom de guerre
icloudripper4you. His “customers” would identify an iCloud account for attack, after which Chi would use his sketchily named Gmail accounts to contact the victim, impersonating an Apple service representative.
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