Former ADT Security Technician Pleads Guilty to Hacking Customers
Telesforo Aviles, a former ADT employee, pleaded guilty to computer fraud on January 21. In a prepared statement about the case, Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah said:
“This defendant, entrusted with safeguarding customers’ homes, instead intruded on their most intimate moments. We are glad to hold him accountable for this disgusting betrayal of trust.”
To access customer systems, Aviles admitted that he illegally added his personal email address to customers’ ADT Pulse accounts. The illegal step gave Aviles real-time access to video feeds from ADT customers’ homes. Over a 4.5 year period, Aviles secretly accessed roughly 200 customer accounts more than 9,600 times without their consent, the court case revealed. Aviles now faces up to five years in federal prison, the prosecutor asserts.
In addition to its consumer home security service, ADT also operates a Top 250 MSSP business.