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Another Celeb Nude Hacking Suspect Has Pleaded Guilty

Jennifer Lawrence, one victim of the 2014 hacking / Image via Getty
Jennifer Lawrence, one victim of the 2014 hacking / Image via Getty

George Garofano, a 26 year old from Connecticut involved in the 2014 hacking which leaked nude photos from the accounts of several actresses including Jennifer Lawrence, pleaded guilty to computer fraud on January 11.

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Previously this month Edward Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison for his involvement in the hacking and Ryan Collins was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Emilio Herrera, who pleaded guilty in October 2017, is awaiting sentencing next month.

While the men in all three of the above cases played a part in hacking the accounts of celebrities to gain access to their photos (specifically using phishing scams) none of them were found by the U.S. Attorney’s office to have then shared them online. But in the case of Garofano, prosecutors allege that he did exchange usernames, passwords, and even photos with other individuals.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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DISCUSSION

Can we get a picture of the hacker? I feel like he should not have the privilege of (relative) anonymity. I think it’s quite easy to find him on the internet (a George Garofano from Northford, Conn. of about the correct age), but I’m not totally confident in my people identifying skills.