A resident of California earned $ 25 million by unlocking operator smartphones, but he is unlikely to be able to spend this money – the criminal faces 165 years in prison
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A resident of California earned $ 25 million by unlocking operator smartphones, but he is unlikely to be able to spend this money – the criminal faces 165 years in prison

Argishti Khaudaverdyan (a California resident) was found guilty of hacking T-Mobile’s data systems and setting up a business to unlock smartphones. He made a profit of approximately $25 million.

It should be noted that Argishti Khaudaverdyan, 44, was the director of T-Mobile’s store in Armenia from 2014 to 2019. He used his corporate account as well as those of dozens of others to remove the operator block on smartphones. This bans smartphone owners who have purchased smartphones in installments from using SIM cards from other operators until they are paid all the amount. This lock also prohibits theft or loss of devices.

After the expiration date of the contract, and after the presentation of documentation confirming the buyer’s identity, such blocking cannot be removed at the salon. Khudaverdyan removed the block and abused his position.

After five years of operating an underground business, a 44 year-old man stole more corporate accounts than 50 of his coworkers through phishing. He also unlocked thousands of smartphones using their assistance. The lock was removed even from devices listed as lost or stolen by the entrepreneur. Khudaverdyan promoted his services on several websites.

On charges of fraud, money laundering and identity theft, the perpetrator could face up to 165 year imprisonment. Khudaverdyan has been found guilty by the jury. On October 17, the verdict will be published.

A resident of California earned $ 25 million by unlocking operator smartphones, but he is unlikely to be able to spend this money – the criminal faces 165 years in prison
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