e of theAnother one of the four main accused behind the infamous celebrity nude pictures leak scandal in Hollywood has been sentenced to 8-months of prison by a federal court in Bridgeport. After his jail-term he, George Garafano, will three years of supervised release and also dedicate 60 hours to community service. One of the victims of the crime was Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. She had earlier asked for a harsher sentence of the convict.
In 2014, George, along with his accomplices, asked for victims’ iCloud username and password, posing as Apple employees, as per authorities. Upon gaining access, they hacked into their accounts, collected their intimate pictures and spread it online. At the time, this was the biggest scandal to shock the entertainment industry. Around 240 people, including Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton, had fallen victim to this leak. The FBI launched an investigation into the hacked photographs in September 2014.
Garafano had pleaded guilty in April, when he asked for leniency from a judge. He is the fourth to be charged by the court in the scandal. “I feel remorse for anyone that could have been affected by this on any scale, public or private. It is a part of my life that I will always regret, as it has never been a reflection of who I am as an individual,” he had previously told the North Branford, Connecticut, reported the New York Post.
Earlier in October 2016, Ryan Collins, another one of the accused was also put behind bars to serves 18 months of imprisonment. To be noted that Ryan, 36, has only been sentenced for hacking into accounts and obtaining nude photographs of stars and not leaking them. In July 2017, another suspect, Edward Majerczyk, 28-years-old of Illinois, had pleaded guilty and charged with hacking 300 Gmail and iCloud accounts.
According to the Guardian, the prosecution wrote in a sentencing memo to the court: “Mr Garofano’s offence was a serious one. He illegally hacked into his victims’ online accounts, invaded their privacy, and stole their personal information, including private and intimate photos. He did not engage in this conduct on just one occasion. He engaged in this conduct 240 times over the course of 18 months.”
“Not only did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photographs he stole, he disseminated them to other individuals. He may have also sold them to others to earn ‘extra income’.” they added.