Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities gets 18 months in prison

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Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing rip-off to acquire the passwords of more than 100 individuals, consisting of Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne

The hacker who took naked pictures of female celebs in 2014 has actually been sentenced to 18 months in federal jail, authorities revealed on Thursday.

In a court in May, Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, plead guilty to federal hacking charges and confessed to a two-year phishing fraud to get passwords of more than 100 individuals, consisting of stars Jennifer Lawrence and Aubrey Plaza and vocalists Rihanna and Avril Lavigne.

Collins deceived celebs into handing him their usernames and passwords by sending his targets phony e-mails that seemed from Apple and Google, Pennsylvania United States lawyer Bruce Brandler stated in a declaration Thursday. Collins then took individual details, consisting of naked images, from his targets, the majority of whom operate in the show business.

In some cases, Brandlers workplace stated, Collins would utilize a software application to download the whole contents of the victims Apple iCloud backups. In addition, Collins ran a modeling fraud where he fooled his victims into sending him naked photos.

Investigators discovered that Collins had actually gotten to a minimum of 50 Apple iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts, a number of which came from well-known females.

In August 2014 pictures of more than 100 stars, vocalists and other well recognized ladies were published online, which were otherwise verified and condemned by a few of the celebs and called phonies by others. A number of rapidly slammed Apple for cannot protect personal details on its iCloud services, and the business stated that it had actually suffered an extremely targeted attack on usernames, passwords and security cases.

None of the cases we have actually examined has actually arised from any breach in any of Apples systems, the business stated that fall.

On Thursday the United States lawyer kept in mind, nevertheless, that FBI private investigators did not discover proof connecting him to the real release of personal info or pictures or that Collins shared or submitted the info he got.

He was initially charged in Los Angeles however the case was moved better to his house in Pennsylvania, where a judge sentenced him on Wednesday. He had actually confronted 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

FBI detectives have actually traced comparable hacking attacks on stars to 2 other males, one in Chicago and one in Oregon. Each plead guilty previously this year , and private investigators have stated the 3 cases are unassociated.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/27/nude-celebrity-photos-hacker-prison-sentence-ryan-collins