In February, an Alabama woman named Terri went on a hacker-for-hire website called Hacker’s List, and posted a job she needed done.
“I need to get information off an iPhone6, mainly texts (current and deleted if possible and the call log),” she wrote. “Or get into their email account … Thanks so much!”
When Terri made the request on Hacker’s List, which had been written about in the New York Times the month before as a way to “get some espionage done,” she probably didn’t realize that the request would later be publicly associated with her name, phone number and address.
Hacker’s List is like a Craigslist job board, but for hackers. Since it launched in October, thousands of people have put in requests — some of which were probably for legal hacking tasks, but many of which weren’t. People who worried their significant others were cheating posted requests for a hacker to break into Facebook accounts, get Gmail…
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