Celebrity Hacker gets 9 Months

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 @ 02:01 PM gHale

The man who pleaded guilty to hacking celebrity accounts received nine months in prison.

Following one of the largest celebrity hacking scandals in the world, Edward J. Majerczyk, 29, admitted he hacked into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of over 300 people, including at least 30 celebrities. Those photographs and other personal content landed online, particularly nude photos and private footage.

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On top of the nine months in prison, Majerczyk also has to pay $5,700 to an unnamed victim who had to spend twice as much on counseling. This is a suggestion made by U.S. Attorney Rajnath Laud, who said there was no evidence Majerczyk was the one to actually put the photos online.

The hacker negotiated a plea deal and ended up with the nine-month sentence.

The incident affected celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Justin Verlander, Kirsten Dunst and Kaley Cuoco, to name a few.

U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras had a few choice words to say about the way the hacker had behaved, describing the horror the victims must have felt when they discovered their private pictures plastered all over the Internet.

Majerczyk’s home ended up raided in October 2014 when authorities found the evidence they were looking for. The hacker later explained he used a phishing scheme by sending his victims emails from addresses that seemed genuine, appearing to be from the Internet Service Providers’ security account. The links would then direct the victims to a website he set up that collected their usernames and passwords. This is one of the most common online data theft methods.

Majerczyk didn’t act alone. Ryan Collins was another hacker arrested in the Celebgate case from September 2014. Collins received his sentence in October after a judge decided he had to spend 18 months in prison.

A third person believed to have been responsible for uploading the photos online remains unidentified.

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