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Former Yahoo Programmer Pleads Guilty to Hacking User Accounts

October 1, 2019

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A former Yahoo software engineer has admitted in court to hacking into the accounts of thousands of the platform’s users.

The man, Reyes Daniel Ruiz, 34, of Tracy, California, pleaded guilty to accessing about 6,000 Yahoo accounts, in search of private and personal records, mainly sexual images and videos.

Ruiz performed the hacking through cracking user passwords for access, but also leveraged internal Yahoo systems to compromise the Yahoo accounts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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