IL: Suburban man charged with ID theft stemming from 2015 UChicago data breach
There’s a follow-up to a University of Chicago hack first reported on this site in 2015, when DataBreaches.net tried to alert the university to a hack and partial data dump claimed by Carbonic. Fox32 reports:
A Naperville man was charged this week with stealing the identity of a west suburban couple after their personal information was compromised during a 2015 data breach at the University of Chicago, police said.
Rehan Arif, a 21-year-old from Plainfield, was charged with felony counts of financial identity theft after he was arrested Tuesday in an investigation on behalf of a Riverside couple who reported thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases made in their names, according to a news release from Riverside police.
The woman, 58, and her husband were former employees at the UChicago Department of Medicine, which was hacked in 2015, police said.
Read more on Fox32. A source affiliated with Carbonic back then informs DataBreaches.net that Arif was not part of Carbonic or involved in hacking U. Chicago, so it sounds like Arif may have just attempted to misuse data that was in the wild, if the prosecutor’s charges are accurate.
But the incident also serves as a reminder to young hackers who hack for fun or the challenge or a thrill that their actions may cause aggravation for innocent victims, even years later.