Posted March 05, 2020 05:00:51When the hacker “Jewel Harris” first announced his intentions to break into a diamond jewelry store, he had the help of a friend: his jewel beetle.
Harris’ friend and business partner, David Zawadzki, shared the news on Twitter on March 4.
“I was a bit skeptical,” Zawdzki told ABC News.
“We were just doing a little research.
He said he’d be happy to show me his jewel beetles and we’d see if we could get a hold of them.”
The next day, Zawzki and his colleagues at Diamonds & Jewels were able to access a system and take control of the company’s servers.
They managed to steal the store’s private information and personal data, including the password for the account.
In the end, they managed to get more than 200 million diamonds from the store.
“We did a few things to make sure they didn’t know we were there,” Zwadzkis company wrote on its website.
“Our team went through every single system on the Diamonds&Jewels servers and were able get everything.”
Zawdzi and Zawidzki say they only got into the company because they were the only ones able to remotely access its servers.
The company says it has since learned from the incident that many of its customers had the same issue.
The two men say they now use a VPN, and that the company will soon update its servers with a patch to stop the attacks.
Diamonds &s; Jewells said in a statement that it is working with security researchers to ensure the vulnerabilities have been patched.
The security researcher who discovered the issue told ABC affiliate WKYT that the issue has affected the company for a few months.ABC News’ Julie Carey contributed to this report.