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Man pleads guilty to hacking iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and others

Man pleads guilty to hacking iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and others
From CBC - January 13, 2018

A Connecticut man charged with hacking into more than 250 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars and ordinary people has agreed to plead guilty, U.S. federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The charge against George Garofano, 26, of North Branford, stems from the investigation into the 2014 scandal in which the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others were made public.

Garofano agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information, prosecutors said. He faces up to five years in prison at sentencing ona date to be determined.

Tricked victims into sharing passwords

The case was filed by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, but both sides agreed to transfer the case to Connecticut. Garofano sent emails that appeared to be from Apple encouraging victims to reveal usernames and passwords, or to enter them on a website where he could retrieve them, prosecutors said.

'He made mistakes'

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