A HACKER who stole the identities of numerous celebrities has been arrested in Córdoba.
Police were alerted by a well-known actress from Spain, whose name has not been revealed, that her various accounts on the internet had been entered and that she believed other TV and film actresses and female presenters had suffered the same fate.
They discovered the 29-year-old man from Córdoba had been using malware he bought online known as 'exploits', enabling him to gain access to passwords and addresses of female celebrities.
His modus operandi involved sending an email address to one of the actresses with a hyperlink, purporting to be from the technical service of the computer, phone or tablet she was using, warning her that an online purchase had been made in her name.
She was instructed to click on the link to cancel the purchase if it was not her who had made it.
Once she did so, this opened a back door into her hardware for the hacker to slip into and steal her data including passwords and other email addresss.
It is not known whether his operations were aimed at hacking into their bank accounts and stealing money or buying goods and services in their names, or whether it was simply for amusement and morbid curiosity.
He is said to have carried out the same type of actions in 2014 and 2015, targeting people related to the fashion industry who – like the celebrities affected this time around – have not been named by investigators.
Police say he had an existing criminal record as a result of the previous hacking incident.
They are now attempting to ascertain whether he came into possession of personal information about the affected actresses and presenters.