Hacker Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison For Nude Celebrity Photo Hack
Ryan Collins was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday for his involvement in the extensive hacking of celebrity email accounts now referred to as “Celebgate.”
In May, Collins plead guilty of the two-year phishing scam, in which he illegally gained access to more than 100 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, “18 of which belonged to celebrities,” according to Vogue.
Collins would have served up to five years, if not for the negotiation of his plea deal. He was sentenced with “one count of felony computer hacking and another of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.”
Authorities tracked Collins and another man named Edward Majerczyk down after private nude photographs of females were leaked online in relation to their phishing scheme. Majerczyk also plead guilty in court in late September of this year.
Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian, Mary-Kate Olsen, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Kirsten Dunst, Amber Heard and others fell victim to the hack. (RELATED: Another Hacker Has Plead Guilty In The Nude Celebrity Photo Hack)
The most outspoken celebrity victim of the hacking scheme was Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence. The “Joy” star discussed the scandal in a Vanity Fair interview calling the violation of her privacy a “sex crime.”
Although Collins admitted to his involvement in the scheme which allowed him to gain access to the personal information and photos, no evidence suggests he was involved in its distribution.