Earlier this week, a post started on 4chan claimed a wealth of celebrity nudes--a large cache in possession of a hacker who'd gained access to several celebrities' alleged personal photos—would leak on Sunday. Well, Sunday's here, the supposed leak has begun, and the internet is reacting accordingly. The list of celebrities whose nudes are supposedly in this cache includes Jennifer Lawrence , Avril Lavigne, Kate Upton, Lea Michele, and McKayla Maroney, and several of them—the photos, not the celebs—have begun to show up on various message boards across the internet.
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An Illinois man has pleaded guilty to hacking the e-mail accounts of high-profile female celebrities to gain access to nude photos of women including Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, model Kate Upton, and soccer player Hope Solo. Edward Majerczyk, 29, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in District Court in Chicago to one felony change of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, charging documents showed. While no victims were named in court documents, Lawrence, actress Kirsten Dunst, and Upton have addressed the leak and online dissemination of their nude photos in interviews. The Chicago Tribune named those celebrities as among the victims, as well as Solo. The Tribune reported that Majerczyk told District Judge Charles Kocoras on Tuesday that he targeted celebrities, going through personal information and downloading "sensitive images. His lawyer, Thomas Needham, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The newspaper quoted Needham as telling the judge there was no evidence "of any effort by my client to sell or disseminate" any images.
A year-old Illinois man pleaded guilty to hacking the iCloud accounts of high-profile female celebrities and leaking their nude photos on the Internet. Edward Majerczyk was charged with one felony count of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information, according to the Chicago Tribune. He pleaded guilty in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday. Many of the actresses have publicly addressed the dissemination of their nude photos. Many of the images, which contained nudity, were initially posted to the 4chan forum, and made their way to Reddit and Imgur. It does not mean that it comes with the territory.
George Garofano, who hacked the iCloud accounts of more than people, including several Hollywood celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, was sentenced to eight months in prison. Following his sentence, Garofano will also face three years of supervised release and 60 hours of community service. The sentencing comes eight months after the Connecticut man was charged with using fake Apple support emails to trick victims into providing their personal account information, reports variety. In a submitted statement to the court, Garofano said he blamed nobody but himself, but highlighted how the felony conviction would affect him for the rest of his life. Garofano was arrested alongside three other men involved with the hack: Emilio Herrera, Edward Majerczyk, and Ryan Collins.