A hacker who was heavily involved in a scheme that led to intimate photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence being leaked to the public has been jailed for eight months.
George Garofano was one of four men arrested after the ‘fapppening’ scandal of 2014 that also saw photos of Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and more being leaked.
Lawrence has previously described the incident as a “sex crime” and spoken at length about how it left her feeling humiliated.
Garofano, who pleaded guilty earlier this year, became involved in a phishing scheme that included hacking more than 250 iCloud accounts.
As well as leaking nude photos of high-profile figures, he admitted sending emails from fake Apple security accounts that saw the personal information of users being stolen. victims to enter their details on a seperate website.
In some instances, he exchanged the usernames and other personal information with other people.
The case initially began when the FBI investigated the leaked photos of female celebrities in September 2014.
Garofano will face three years of supervised release after his imprisonment and was also ordered to do 60 hours of community service.
In 2017, Lawrence admitted that the data breach still left her feeling “terrified”.
“I think people saw [the hacking] for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven’t been able to get rid of it. Having your privacy violated constantly isn’t a problem if you’re perfect. But if you’re human, it’s terrifying.”