Connecticut Man Sentenced In Celebrity Photo Hacking Scandal

In 2016, Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.
Last year, Edward Majerczyk, the son of two Chicago police officers, received nine months in federal prison and was ordered to pay $5,700 in restitution.
Emilio Herrera of Chicago took a plea deal in October. It is unclear whether he has been sentenced.
None of them pleaded guilty to distributing the images.
Investigators have said they did not find any evidence linking the four suspects to the actual leaks or showing they shared or uploaded the information.

Tracking the hackers

FBI agents stormed a home in Chicago in 2014 and seized several computers, cell phones and storage drives in connection with the case after they tracked the source of the hacking to an IP address linked to Herrera.
The IP address linked to Herrera was used to access 572 individual iCloud and Gmail accounts.
The accounts were accessed 3,263 times from the IP address, according to a search warrant.
Many online services lock someone out after several unsuccessful attempts to log in, but at the time of the photo scandal Apple’s “Find My iPhone” app and iCloud did not. That has since changed. Hackers performed what is known as a “brute force” attack, which uses a computer program to generate and test thousands of potential passwords until an account is entered.
FBI seized tech from home linked to celebrity hack

FBI seized tech from home linked to celebrity hack

FBI seized tech from home linked to celebrity hack
The suspects in this case received relatively short sentences compared to the one handed down in another high-profile celebrity hacking scandal.
In 2011, a Florida man hacked several celebrity email accounts, stealing nude photos, scripts and personal information. His targets included actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis and singer Christina Aguilera.
Christopher Chaney pleaded guilty to accessing protected computers without authorization, damaging protected computers, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
He hacked e-mail accounts by using the “forgot your password?” feature to reset passwords. He used his research of celebrities’ personal information to correctly answer their security questions.
He said the hacking started as a curiosity but he became addicted to spying on celebrities.
Unlike the 2014 case, authorities said Chaney sold or uploaded the information he obtained.


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