In 2014, iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities were hacked into, exposing explicit photos of dozens of them. While two people were already taken in charge in relation to the case, now a third person has been charged for being involved in the case.
According to Deadline (via 9To5Mac) a Chicago man named Emilio Herrera agreed to plead guilty to hacking over 550 computers, most of which were those of female celebrities. Herrera signed a plea agreement and will plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He will face five years in federal prison at most.
Reportedly, as of now, there is no solid evidence against Herrera that links him to the actual leaks of the explicit celebrity images. However, it is believed that he participated in a phishing scam to obtain iCloud and Gmail usernames and passwords for the celebrities. Over the course of April 27, 2013 through August 2014, Herrera sent emails to celebrities and other women posing as their Internet service provider. The emails would ask for username and passwords for accounts, which Herrera than used to access the photos in question , 9To5Mac reported. ALSO READ: Wi-Fi Security broken; researchers say if your device supports Wi-Fi, it is most likely affected
In 2016, a Pennsylvania man was similarly charged with a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, but like Herrera, he was also believed to be involved in the leak, but the evidence still remained missing.
Three years ago during the leak, the hacker had begun to sell the leaked photos of celebrities in exchange for Bitcoins. The list of celebrities included Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Victoria Justice, Kate Upton, Avril Livigne, Mary Kate Olsen, Hillary Duff, and many others. ALSO READ: Multiple vulnerabilities spotted in Xiaomi s MIUI system apps: Research