Nikkei employee accused of hacking deleted personal data on over 100 celebrities

A 29-year-old employee of the Nikkei business daily, arrested on Nov. 30 for allegedly making unauthorized access to the e-mail accounts of celebrities, deleted personal data such as phone numbers of more than 100 actresses and models from his mobile phone immediately after another man was arrested over a similar incident in May, it has been learned.

[…] [Jun] Terai was arrested on Nov. 30 on suspicion of illegally accessing the server of popular model Moe Oshikiri’s mobile phone, reading her emails and so on. He is also accused of hacking the Apple iCloud accounts of former all-girl pop unit NMB48 member Miyuki Watanabe and two other women between October 2015 and April this year. Investigative sources said he has admitted to the allegations, saying that he enjoyed cracking passwords and was accessing other people’s internet accounts as a game.

Read more on The Mainichi. This does not appear to be an insider breach according to Nikkei’s statement, as the employee was not using information from their databases or system to engage in his alleged criminal activities.

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