AT&T Call Center Employees Bribed to Unlock Phones and Install Malware

The DOJ unsealed an indictment against Muhammad Fahd and his co-conspirator Ghulam Jiwan who bribed AT&T call center employees to unlock over 2 million iPhones — Fahd eventually moved on from bribing employees to do the unlocking by having them install malware inside the AT&T network so that he could gain employee passwords and do the unlocking himself.

See the blog Identity and Security Starts at Home where we talk about how attacks from the inside are the hardest to track.

For the actual indictment, you can visit the DOJ website at:
https://www.justice.gov/usao-wdwa/press-release/file/1191031/download

And here are some links for more news about the hacking and bribery scheme:

Forbes: AT&T Insiders Bribed With Over $1 Million To Unlock 2 Million Phones And Hack Their Employer, DOJ Claims
https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasbrewster/2019/08/06/att-insiders-bribed-with-over-1-million-to-unlock-2-million-phones-and-hack-their-employer-doj-claims

ZDNET:AT&T employees took bribes to plant malware on the company’s network
https://www.zdnet.com/article/at-t-employees-took-bribes-to-plant-malware-on-the-companys-network/

The Verge: Hacker paid AT&T employees thousands of dollars to unlock millions of phones, DOJ claims
https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/6/20756625/att-unlocking-crime-conspiracy-malware-hacking-paid-employees

c|net: AT&T workers bribed to infect firm’s gear with malware, unlock phones, DOJ alleges
https://www.cnet.com/news/at-t-employees-bribed-to-infect-mobile-devices-with-malware-doj-alleges/