One of the four hackers that were responsible for the ‘celebgate’ scandal back in 2014 was sentenced to eight months in prison by a federal judge in the US district court of Bridgeport Connecticut. If you don’t recall the scandal that we are talking about then let us recap so that you can catch up before we dive into the details of the story. Back in 2014, the hackers broke into hundreds of iCloud accounts by posing as Online security personnel from Apple. After posing as Apple employees, they gained access to the username and passwords of 240 iCloud accounts which included accounts of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kristen Dunst and more.
After gaining access to the accounts, hackers accessed private information and intimate photos from the account and spread it out on the internet. The fourth hacker pled guilty to the crime back in April and admitted that he was the one who sent the emails to the victims. According to the detailed report by The Guardian, the hacker pled for a reduced sentence stating that he had “already suffered” serious consequences because of the scandal.
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One thing to note here is that rest three hackers have already faced prison time earlier. The prosecution wrote a sentencing memo to the court adding that the “offense was a serious one”.
The memo also pointed out that not only did the hacker keep the images that he stole from the accounts but in addition to that, he also shared them on the internet. It went on to add that the hacker “acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on” the lives of his victims.