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'Celebgate' Hacker Heading to Prison

Connecticut man gets eight months for role in attack involving leak of personal celebrity photos, including those of actress Jennifer Lawrence.

What does it cost to gain unauthorized access to roughly 240 Apple iCloud accounts? For George Garofano, 26, the price is eight months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release and 60 hours of community service.

Garofano used a phishing attack, claiming to be from Apple security, to get account holders to send him their login credentials. He used the information from victims, which included a number of people in the entertainment industry, to steal personal information, including photos and videos. He also traded the credentials and personal information with others. The FBI investigation began when personal photos of female celebrities, including actress Jennifer Lawrence, began to be leaked online in 2014.

The sentence is the result of Garofano's pleading guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

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