There is a recent article on Fox News about a Bahamian man hacking into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased movies and TV scripts and he had explained to an under cover agent that he had hundreds of them. The man being investigated, Alonzo Knowles, is being held without bail after a court appearance on criminal copyright infringement and identity theft charges. The prosecutor also explained about a scheme he did involving offering an actor’s passport, social security numbers for three athletes, and unreleased tracks from singer-songwriters upcoming albums. Knowles said he had gotten into the celebrities’ accounts by sending either a computer virus or a false warning that that had been hacked.
Vinny Troia, Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator and CEO of Night Lion Security, a digital forensics and penetration testing firm, does NOT believe that the Bahamian man was able to hack into the celebrity email accounts. Troia believes this is a scam and that the 23-year-old never hacked into anything. Troia thinks he did not have access to any of these things. He thinks this was a game to lure customers into buying “celebrity social security numbers”. Once the customers would buy the numbers, Troia expects Knowles would run away and leave them with nothing. Troia believes this scam worked for Knowles because people believe that social security numbers are hard to obtain but in reality, it is quite simple.