Pennsylvania resident sentenced over ‘Celebgate’ hack

Pennsylvania resident sentenced over ‘Celebgate’ hack

Pennsylvania resident sentenced over ‘Celebgate’ hack

Written by Keshala Dias

28 Oct, 2016 | 6:28 pm

A resident from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, named Ryan Collins has been sentenced to 18 months in jail for hacking into the accounts of celebrities and stealing nude photos and videos.

He had stolen the usernames and passwords of more than 600 people.

Collins tricked his victims – including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Scarlett Johansson, and Kirsten Dunst – by sending emails appearing be from Google or Apple.

Collins was charged with accessing the photos between 2012 and 2014, in a case known as “celebgate”.

Court filings said he had used fraudulent email addresses designed to look like security accounts from service providers, including [email protected], [email protected] and [email protected]

Collins was originally charged in Los Angeles, but sentenced in Pennsylvania, his home state.

Source – BBC

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