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Google Hack Guilty Plea: Accounts Compromised for YouTube Ad Cash

Hundreds of accounts accessed in scheme, according to report.

A Woodbridge man pled guilty to his part in hacking into Google and YouTube accounts, generating $56,000 in ad revenue from the scheme, according to a report from The Washington Post.

John Hoang Jr., 34, confessed to creating software that would hack into Google user accounts and set up the user's YouTube account for ad-display revenue. 

The Post notes that, according to Hoang's plea, the hacking included 400 Google accounts.

Hoang is expected to be sentenced April 11. He could face up to five years in prison, according to the Post.

Read more of The Washington Post report.
Jodi Beatty January 25, 2014 at 08:32 AM
I don't understand. "Set up someone else's account for ad revenue." What? Please explain better or will someone please explain this in the comments? I don't need jargon. Just plain, simple explanation. Thank you!
Greg Hambrick (Editor) January 25, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Sure thing, Jodi. YouTube users can set up their accounts to make money off of the ads that are on the page with their video. So, they get a little bit of cash when they have a popular video. Some YouTube stars make more than $100,000 off of the videos they post on their pages. In this case, the suspects identified YouTube users who attracted good traffic to their videos, but they weren't getting money off of the ads. These guys allegedly hacked their accounts and set them up to get money, but took the money for themselves.

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