Medellín Cartel fame Pablo Escobar’s brother is suing Apple for $2.6 billion for leaking his personal data through Facetime
Roberto Escobar has filed a $2.6 billion lawsuit against Apple for leaking his personal information through its Facetime video messaging App. He says that his address got leaked through FaceTime and has led to subsequent assassination attempts on his life.
In the suit, Escobar claims he purchased an iPhone X in 2019 after he was assured by an Apple support employee saying that the iPhone X was “the most secure on the market” and “will never be” vulnerable to any exploits in the future. Escobar had been avoiding using smartphones due to previous attempts on his life. After purchasing the phone, Escobar adds that he started to receive strange FaceTime calls on his iPhone X in January 2019, and soon afterward he received a life- hreatening letter in January 2019.
Who is Roberto Escobar?
Roberto Escobar’s claim to fame is due to his brother Pablo Escobar who was the chief of Medellín Cartel till he was gunned down by Columbian authorities in a gunfight in Los Olivos, a middle-class barrio in Medellín. Pablo Escobar reigned over the vast Medellín Cartel drug empire from the1980s to the date he was gunned down. He was ruthless and fanatical and is said to have personally murdered nearly 100s of Columbian and American citizens.
With Pablo Escobar running its operations, the Medellín Cartel smuggled 15 tons of cocaine to the United States every day. It is estimated that Pablo Escobar earned more than US$70 million per day or roughly $26 billion a year. Such was their income that the Medellin cartel spent over US$1,000 per week purchasing rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash, storing most of it in their warehouses. Ten percent (10%) of the cash had to be written off per year because of “spoilage”, due to rats nibbling the notes in transit.
Roberto Escobar is his brother and is the owner of Escobar Inc. which is suing Apple for $2.6 billion over the Facetime flaw. Escobar has filed the suit under three clauses: Breach of Contract, Negligence/Negligence Misrepresentation, and Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress.
Since the lawsuit looks dodgy, Apple doesn’t seem to worry about it too much. TNW found that the lawsuit was filed in California by Janey & Janey. Olof Gustafsson, Escobar Inc’s CEO, told TNW that the “court has already accepted [their]lawsuit” and Apple must respond within 30 days of this notice. If it doesn’t, Escobar Inc. will “win [by]default.”
Apple has still not commented about the issue.