Charges filed in hack that caused NFL athletes nude pics to be posted on Twitter

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Federal authorities have accused two men of hacking the email and social media accounts of multiple athletes with the National Football League and the National Basketball Association and either selling or ransoming the credentials for profit.

In one case, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Wednesday, the account compromises resulted in explicit photos of one of the NFL players being posted to his Twitter and Instagram accounts. The complaint didnt identify the athlete except to call him Victim-1 and to say that he lived in New Jersey and the photos appeared on June 4, 2018.

Based on the information, the player appeared to be New York Giants defensive end Avery Moss, who, according to ESPN, found naked pictures and videos posted to his Twitter timeline shortly after finishing an OTA practice on June 4. Accounts he followed were blocked, most likely in an attempt to delay Moss from learning of the postings. More explicit videos and images appeared later but were subsequently removed within about 30 minutes.

One of “multiple”

According to federal prosecutors, Victim-1 was one of multiple NFL and NBA athletes targeted in a hacking conspiracy by Trevontae Washington, 21, of Thibodaux, Louisiana, and Ronnie Magrehbi, 20, of Orlando, Florida.

The complaint charging Washington said that the man obtained account credentials belonging to the victims by sending them links to what appeared to be legitimate social media login pages but were, in fact, phishing sites. Washington, Magrehbi, and others would lock the rightful owners out of the accounts and selRead More – Source