Member of “Turkish Crime Family” who attempted to extort Apple in 2017 gets no prison time

Catalin Cimpanu reports:

A 22-year-old man was sentenced today in London for his involvement in an extortion attempt against Apple, during which the suspect and co-conspirators threatened to mass-hack iCloud accounts and factory reset 250 million iPhones and iPads.

The man, Kerem Albayrak, was sentenced today to a two-year suspended jail term, 300 hours of unpaid work, and a six-month electronic curfew.

Read more on ZDNet. Albayrak had pleaded guilty on December 2 to the blackmail attempt, having reportedly previously pleaded guilty to two charges of unauthorized access to computer material.

No prison time at all for hacking and attempting to extort? Would he ever have gotten off without prison time if he had been tried in the U.S. for attempting to extort Apple? It’s hard to imagine. But his sentence is also why Nathan Wyatt, who will stand trial here in the U.S. for allegedly conspiring to hack and extort medical clinics as part of thedarkoverlord would almost certainly have been much better off standing trial in the U.K. than here.

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