The US Division of Justice has charged a fourth suspect for hacking Hollywood celebrities and leaking nude images and movies in a 2014 incident known as The Fappening or Celebgate.
The person is George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, who already pleaded responsible to at least one rely of unauthorized entry to a protected laptop to acquire data.
He’s the fourth man charged or sentenced by US authorities for the Fappening leaks. The primary was Ryan Collins, 36, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania (sentenced to 18 months in federal jail); the second is Edward Majerczyk, 29, of Chicago, Illinois (sentenced to 9 months in federal jail); and the third is Emilio Herrera, 32, of Chicago, Illinois (pleaded responsible and awaiting sentencing subsequent month).
Garofano used phishing emails to gather iCloud credentials
Authorities didn’t say if Garofano labored with the opposite three, however mentioned that between April 2013 by way of October 2014 Garafono used phishing emails posing as Apple’s safety division to trick victims into giving of their iCloud credentials.
The FBI says that Garofano obtained credentials and accessed over 250 Apple iCloud accounts from the place he downloaded private photographs. Investigators say Garofano later traded the account usernames and passwords to others, together with supplies he downloaded from the hacked accounts.
A lot of the accounts Garofano obtained entry to belonged to members of the leisure business in Los Angeles, but in addition to many native Connecticut victims.
Pictures that the suspect obtained later ended up on-line as a part of a mega leak of nude photographs and movies from Hollywood celebrities.
Hacker denies importing the pictures on-line
Equally to the three earlier hackers arrested throughout the Fappening investigation, Garofano mentioned he solely obtained the pictures however was not the one who leaked them on-line.
Not one of the 4 arrested suspects needed to confess to this cost as a few of the pictures leaked throughout the Fappening had been made when a few of the celebrities had been underneath age, and a cost of distributing little one pornography would carry a considerable jail sentence. Underneath the present cost, Garofano faces a jail sentence of as much as 5 years in jail.
The September 2014 Fappening noticed the leak of nude photographs and movies from celebrities akin to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, McKayla Maroney, Kaley Cuoco, and others who by no means confirmed the pictures, so we’re not going to call them right here.
Since then, hackers have continually leaked new nude pictures of celebrities. Many of those later incidents have additionally been referred to as The Fappening 2, however none have been as huge in measurement as the primary. Softpedia has been monitoring current leaks.