Hacker sentenced to prison for role in Jennifer Lawrence nude photo theft

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George Garofano, 26, among 4 charged over unlawful hacking of American star and other celebs

A hacker was sentenced to 8 months in jail on Wednesday for a plan that exposed intimate pictures of the star Jennifer Lawrence and other stars.

George Garofano, 26, was implicated of unlawfully hacking the personal Apple iCloud accounts of 240 individuals, consisting of Hollywood stars in addition to typical web users, enabling their naked pictures and personal info to be spread out around the web.

He was among 4 individuals charged in the 2014 hacking scandal , where personal images of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and others were released online.

Lawrence stated at the time the intrusion was comparable to a sex criminal activity, and required harder laws.

A federal judge at a United States district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, purchased Garofano to serve the jail term followed by 3 years of monitored release.

He had actually pleaded guilty in April, confessing that he sent out e-mails to the victims while impersonating a member of Apple’s online security workers in order to get their passwords and usernames.

Prosecutors argued for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in jail, in line with federal standards. Garofano requested for leniency, asking for no greater than 5 months in jail and another 5 months of house confinement.

The prosecution composed in a sentencing memo to the court: “Mr Garofano’s offense was a major one. He unlawfully hacked into his victims’ online accounts, attacked their personal privacy, and took their individual info, consisting of intimate and personal pictures. He did not participate in this conduct on simply one event. He participated in this conduct 240 times throughout 18 months.

“Not just did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photos he took, he shared them to other people. He might have likewise offered them to others to make ‘additional earnings’.”

It included: “In dedicating this offense, Mr Garofano acted in utter and total neglect for the influence on his victims’ lives.”

But Garofano stated he has actually “currently suffered” severe effects and has actually tidied up his act because the hacking spree, which started when he remained in college.

“He now stands prior to the court having actually developed, accepting duty for his actions and having actually not remained in difficulty with the law given that,” defense lawyer Richard Lynch composed. “There is absolutely nothing to recommend that he would ever participate in this or other criminal conduct in the future.”

The 3 other hackers have actually currently been sentenced, to terms in between 9 months and 18 months in jail.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/aug/29/nude-photo-hacker-prison-sentence-jennifer-lawrence-victims

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