Hacker Of Hollywood Stars’ Nude Photos Was Sentenced
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the Hollywood victims of George Garofano. In this picture she is seen attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 4, 2018 in Hollywood, California – Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America.
George Garofano, the American man who hacked into more than 200 cloud storage accounts of Hollywood stars and other people has been sentenced to eight months in prison.
George Garofano was sentenced in federal court in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
After prison, he must serve three years of supervised release and perform 60 hours of community service.
He was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal which led to private photos of Hollywood stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public.
Authorities said the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords.
Both Apple and the FBI stepped in to investigate the matter. In a statement at the time of the hacking, Apple said the company was “outraged” and that “privacy and security are of utmost importance to us.” Apple called the hack a “very targeted attack” and encouraged its users to use stronger passwords for their accounts.
The FBI told NBC News in a statement, “We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report.”
This isn’t the first time Hollywood has been plagued by hacking and a massive invasion of privacy. In 2013, Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for gaining access to Hollywood stars Scarlet Johansson and Mila Kunis’ files and posting bare photos of the women. Some of Chaney’s other victims included Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and more.
Lawrence’s Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson, who dealt with a nude photo ordeal of his own in 2013, called the incident “ridiculous.” He told ET Canada in 2014, “We’re people too, man; we just want to live, we want to be normal people. It’s not fair.”
Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because of the conviction.