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Mich. man in prison pleads to hacking cell phone data, emptying bank accounts | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


A Michigan man in prison for unemployment fraud pleaded guilty in connection with using cell phone account information to empty bank accounts, the state Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday.

Johnny Richardson entered his plea Friday in Wayne County Circuit Court in front of Judge Paul Cusick, records show.

He was charged with conducting a criminal enterprise, a 20-year felony.

“The charge stems from Richardson’s activities, which included hacking into the victims’ bank accounts by utilizing dark web identity information and using the ported cell phone numbers for two-factor authentication,” officials said in a statement Wednesday. “The funds from the victims’ bank accounts and the unauthorized loans would then be routed through several other bank accounts. Richardson’s associates would intercept the mailed checks delivered to unsuspecting victims’ homes.”

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