Man who unlocked 1.9 million AT&T phones sentenced to 12 years in prison

A US district court has sentenced a man who unlocked 1.9 million AT&T phones to 12 years in prison. Muhammad Fahd continued the seven-year scheme to defraud the company even after learning of an investigation against him, according to the Department of Justice. At Fahd’s sentencing hearing, Judge Robert S. Lasnik said he committed a “terrible cybercrime over an extended period,” with AT&T said to have lost $201.5 million as a result.

Fahd contacted an AT&T employee through Facebook in 2012 and bribed them to help him unlock customers’ phones with “significant sums of money,” the DOJ said. Fahd, a citizen of Pakistan and Grenada, urged the employee to recruit co-workers at a Bothell, Washington call center for the scheme too.

The DOJ says the employees unlocked phones for “ineligible customers,” who paid Fahd a fee. In spring 2013, AT&T rolled out a system that made it more difficult for the employees to unlock IMEIs. Fahd then recruited an engineer to build malware that would be installed on AT&T‘s systems to help him unlock phones more efficiently and remotely. The DOJ says the employees gave Fahd details about the company’s systems and unlocking methods to aid that process. The malware is said to have obtained information about the system and other AT&T employees’ access credentials. The developer used those details to modify the malware.

© Justin Sullivan via Getty Images SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA – MAY 17: A sign is posted in front of an AT&T retail store on May 17, 2021 in San Rafael, California. AT&T, the world’s largest telecommunications company, announced a deal with Discovery, Inc. which will spin off AT&T’s WarnerMedia and be combined with Discovery to create a new standalone media company. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

AT&T claims Fahd and his associates unlocked just over 1.9 million phones through the scheme. The company says because of the unlocks, customers didn’t complete payments on their devices, leading to the nine-figure loss.

Fahd was arrested in Hong Kong in 2018 following a 2017 indictment. He was extradited to the US and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud in September 2020.

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related


No cap on Afghan refugees in Australia: PM

The number of Afghan refugees able to come to Australia on humanitarian visas following the Taliban takeover won’t be restricted, according to the prime minister. © Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS Scott ... Read more »

NSW Will Be Home to Australia's First mRNA Vaccine Facility

It was a slow start to Australia’s vaccine rollout, but now everything is full steam ahead with plenty of states reaching their vaccination targets. One thing that hindered the rollout ... Read more »

The foolproof fashion combo: 9 versions of 'jeans and a nice top' to shop right now.

“I’m going to wear jeans and a nice top.” © Getty Images The foolproof fashion combo: 9 versions of ‘jeans and a nice top’ to shop right now. It’s a ... Read more »

Google is warning YouTube users to be safe from 'Cookie Theft'

Cybersecurity is a big issue that users grapple with and even though tech companies are making their platforms secure, some still fall prey to hackers’ malicious attempts. Phishing is one ... Read more »

Tilly Ramsay slams British radio host Steve Allen for commenting on her weight

© Provided by ABC NEWS Tilly Ramsay said the comment about her appearance crossed a line. (Instagram: Tilly Ramsay) Tilly Ramsay, the daughter of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, has hit ... Read more »

Daewoo Shipbuilding grabs W232b order for 1 LNG carrier

This photo provided by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.(DSME) on Sept. 14, 2021, shows a liquefied natural gas carrier built by the shipbuilder. (Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.(DSME))Daewoo Shipbuilding ... Read more »

Dame Cindy Kiro becomes New Zealand's first female Māori governor-general

The first Māori woman to be named governor-general of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, has been sworn in at an intimate ceremony in parliament, where she said she hopes to ... Read more »

The NSW government is responding to ‘pent-up' demand with a $2.8 billion stimulus package — here's where the money is being spent

© Provided by Business Insider Australia NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said a new stimulus package aims to meet “pent-up” consumer demand across the state and inject cash into the economy ... Read more »

NSW water police recognised for dangerous rescue efforts

NSW water police have been recognised for their role in two dangerous rescue operations, one in the Blue Mountains and the other near Lord Howe Island. In January of this ... Read more »

The parent rule bringing relief to millions of Aussies

Miley is 18 months old – but she has never met her grandparents on her mother’s side because they’ve been banned from travelling to Australia for her whole life. But ... Read more »

Daewoo Shipbuilding grabs 232 bln won order for 1 LNG carrier

By Nam Kwang-sik SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. (DSME) said Thursday that it has bagged a 232.2 billion won (US$197.6 million) deal to build ... Read more »

Hailey Bieber Just Channeled This 90s Icon In Her Latest Red Carpet Appearance

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Mrs Bieber knows how to channel an icon. At ELLE US Women In Hollywood event in Los Angeles, some of the most perinerally ... Read more »

What causes sleepwalking?

What causes sleepwalking and who is more likely to suffer from it? It might be a comedy staple, but for those who have to live with sleepwalking, whether a sufferer ... Read more »

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha star Kim Seon-ho apologises after ex-girlfriend says he forced her to have an abortion

© Provided by ABC NEWS Kim Seon-ho has been dropped from variety show 2 Days & 1 Night following abuse allegations.  (Supplied: tvN) South Korean actor Kim Seon-ho has released a ... Read more »

Port Pirie mother Ebanee Gayl Coad could not help sick baby due to her partner's 'controlling behaviour', court hears

© Provided by ABC NEWS Ebanee Gayl Coad (centre) and Jeremy Neil Capper (right) arriving at court today. (ABC News: Mahalia Carter) An Adelaide court has heard a mother who criminally ... Read more »

These users can now run Android apps on Windows 11

Microsoft has officially announced that Android apps are now available to Windows 11 users who are part of the Windows Insider’s Beta channel. Surprisingly, the update is not available for ... Read more »

Olivia Newton-John addresses the raunchy 'Physical' lyrics ahead of 40-year anniversary

Olivia Newton-John’s famous hit ‘Physical’ turns 40 this year. To commemorate the anniversary of the dance-pop anthem, John looked back on the song’s legacy. Speaking with Fox News, John revealed ... Read more »

Trump's new social media platform, TRUTH Social, has an interface that looks an awful lot like Twitter's

Posts made on TRUTH Social, per its app mockup, appear bear some similarities to Twitter‘s user interface Screengrab/TRUTH Social App Store; Screengrab/Twitter App Store Trump's new social media platform, which ... Read more »

Dannii Minogue celebrates her 50th birthday with a park picnic

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo She’s the Australian singer who celebrated her milestone 50th birthday on Wednesday. And to commemorate the big day, Dannii Minogue enjoyed a quaint ... Read more »

Malka Leifer's lawyers may seek expert advice on her fitness to stand trial on child sexual abuse charges

© Provided by ABC NEWS Malka Leifer has pleaded not guilty to dozens of child sexual abuse charges. (ABC News, file image) Lawyers defending Malka Leifer, the former ultra-orthodox Jewish school ... Read more »

WA search for missing Cleo into sixth day

Further support is set to be announced for the West Australian investigation into the disappearance of four-year-old Cleo Smith. © PR HANDOUT IMAGE PHOTO West Australian police haven’t given up ... Read more »

NSW cases up, most infections outside of Sydney

NSW has recorded three consecutive days of rising COVID-19 cases, but experts say there is too much uncertainty to predict how many infections the state will see over the coming ... Read more »

Lenovo launches Yoga Tab 11 ‘Tilt' and ‘Hang' modes at Rs 40,000

Lenovo Tab 11 has launched in the Indian market. The tablet expands Lenovo’s mid-range portfolio in the country. Unveiled in Europe earlier this year, Lenovo tablet runs on Android 11. ... Read more »

I'm Heaps Into This Silly Mouse With A Fan

Who needs a fan inside their mouse? No-one I would argue. And yet, I’ve become weirdly attached to Marsback’s bizarre creation. That’s the central hook of the Marsback Zephyr Pro, ... Read more »

Amazon app quiz October 21, 2021: Get answers to these five questions to win Rs 40,000 in Amazon Pay balance

Body: Win Rs 40,000 in your Amazon Pay balance today! You just have to answer 5 questions and a bit of luck. Amazon is back with its daily dose of ... Read more »

Jackie Gillies was 'freaking out' about birth

Real Housewives of Melbourne fans’ hearts grew two sizes over the weekend when fan favourite Jackie Gillies welcomed twins with her husband Ben following a rough fertility journey. Now, the ... Read more »

Brisbane fuel prices hit record levels as refineries crank up to meet demand

© Provided by ABC News Filling up the tank will cost more in the coming days as fuel prices hit record average prices. (ABC News: Chris Gillette) Fuel prices across ... Read more »

Debra Messing apologises for seemingly shading Kim Kardashian's SNL hosting gig: 'I was just confused'

Debra Messing is setting the record straight regarding her tweet about Kim Kardashian that was perceived as shady. Appearing on the Tamron Hall show, Messing clarified she meant no ill ... Read more »

Australia slams Chinese trade sanctions as 'politically motivated'

Australian diplomats have called out China’s “trade disruptive measures” against the country during an international meeting overnight. In a hard-hitting statement to the World Trade Organisation, Australia’s ambassador George Mina ... Read more »

New SA speaker starts donating pay bump

South Australia’s new parliamentary speaker has begun donating his salary bump to community groups in his electorate, following through on a promise made soon after he was elevated to the ... Read more »

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will front ICAC next week

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will front the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) next week. Ms Berejiklian resigned from her position three weeks ago when the corruption body announced a ... Read more »

'This is all a set-up': Steve Bannon whines to Matt Gaetz

© Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo Steve Bannon on Wednesday asked Matt Gaetz to explain his theory that Bannon’s contempt of Congress was ‘a set up’, asking the Florida ... Read more »

Christian Porter still faces scrutiny over donations declaration despite government blocking Labor bid for inquiry

Prime minister Scott Morrison has defended the government’s decision to block an inquiry into Christian Porter’s declaration of funds from a “blind trust” for his defamation case, arguing it would ... Read more »

Coalition accused of empty climate words

© Mick Tsikas/AAP PHOTOS A green expert has told a forum the coalition is not fully converted to the climate change cause. The inaugural chair of Australia’s government-owned green bank ... Read more »

Culture comes first for Dolphins: Bennett

As Wayne Bennett embarks on building a playing squad that will ensure the Dolphins hit the ground running in their maiden NRL campaign, the veteran coach says culture will be ... Read more »

Are we banning unvaccinated people from entering WA? Premier says otherwise

Premier Mark McGowan has denied Western Australia plans on banning unvaccinated people travelling from ‘very low risk’ states, despite a government document stating such a ban would come into effect ... Read more »

NSW's $250 parent voucher explained: Who is eligible

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has announced an additional $250 voucher for parents of young children, remarking it is a “thank you” for their efforts in home schooling during ... Read more »

Midwife Edwina Sharrock reveals five newborn must-haves

It’s one of the most exciting parts of pregnancy – shopping for everything your newborn will need when they arrive. With all the cute clothes and modern parenting gadgets on ... Read more »

The Best Color Correctors For Flawless Skin

© Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Jason Lloyd Evans. If you thought contouring and its associated techniques (baking, we’re looking at you) were the last and final frontier of ... Read more »

Samsung Heavy wins approval for storage tank, carrier for hydrogen transport

By Nam Kwang-sik SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Yonhap) — Samsung Heavy Industries Co. said Thursday it has won an approval in principle (AIP) for the conceptual design of a storage tank ... Read more »