Final Member of 'The Community' Sentenced
The United States has sent a fourth member of the international hacking group known as The Community to prison.
Garrett Endicott, of Warrensburg, Missouri, was the last of six defendants to be sentenced in connection with a multi-million-dollar SIM-swapping conspiracy that claimed victims across the country, including in California, Missouri, Michigan, Utah, Texas, New York and Illinois.
Endicott, along with 22-year-old Conor Freeman of Dublin, Ireland; Ricky Handschumacher, 28, of Pasco County, Florida; Colton Jurisic, 22, of Dubuque, Iowa; Reyad Gafar Abbas, 22, of Rochester, New York; and Ryan Stevenson, 29, of West Haven, Connecticut, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in a 15-count indictment unsealed on May 9, 2019.
After pleading guilty to the charges, 22-year-old Endicott was yesterday ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $121,549.37 and serve 10 months behind bars by United States District Judge Denise Page Hood.
Members of The Community would gain control of a victim’s cell phone number, then use it to access the victim’s email accounts, crypto-currency wallets, and cloud storage. By resetting passwords and requesting two-factor authentication codes, the hackers were able to bypass security measures and steal tens of millions of dollars’