The hacker behind the ‘Fappening’ nude celebrity photo leak has been jailed for 18 months.
The 2014 leak saw private photos of the likes of actress Jennifer Lawrence, singer Ariana Grande, and model Kate Upton uploaded to the internet, with prosecutors saying that a phishing scheme was used to obtain the login credentials of “at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts, most of which belonged to female celebrities.”.
As Gizmodo reports, Pennsylvanian resident Ryan Collins was found guilty of being the perpetrator of the phishing scheme, and was yesterday (October 27) sentenced to 18 months in federal prison – the length that prosecutors had recommended when Collins pleaded guilty to the charges back in March.
The Justice Department released a statement about the verdict of the case, detailing Collins’ crimes between November 2012 to September 2014.
“Collins sent e-mails to victims that appeared to be from Apple or Google and asked victims to provide their usernames and passwords,” the statement read. “After illegally accessing the e-mail accounts, Collins obtained personal information including nude photographs and videos. In some instances, Collins would use a software program to download the entire contents of the victims’ Apple iCloud backups.”
Investigators did add that they had found no evidence suggesting that it was Collins who leaked the photos in question to the internet.
Speaking after nude photos of her surfaced online in 2014, Jennifer Lawrence called the leak a “flagrant violation of privacy”.