According to reports, a Pakistan and Grenada citizen by the name of Muhammed Fahd first began his operations in 2012 when he reached out to an AT&T employee via Facebook, bribing them to unlock his customers’ phones with “significant sums of money.” At the time, he also asked the bribed employee to recruit his colleagues as a call center in Washington to join the scheme.
In 2013, AT&T increased security measures and made it more difficult for employees to unlock IMEIs. Not letting this stop him, Fahd recruited an engineer who helped him build malware that was then installed on AT&T’s systems allowing for easier unlocks that can be done even remotely. Despite his operation attracting a staggering amount of business, he was ultimately arrested in 2018 in Hong Kong after an indictment in 2017. Following extradition to the U.S., he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud back in September last year.
source: hypebeast.com by Jeff Yeung