On Wednesday a hacker was prosecuted and sentenced to eight months imprisonment for exposing intimate photos of actor Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.
The hacker named George Garofano, aged 26 was charged for illegally hacking private Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people. These accounts also included famous Hollywood stars along with average internet users. The hacked contents included nude photos and private information meant to be spread around the internet.
George has also been charged earlier in 2014 in a similar hacking scandal along with other three persons for publishing private photos of Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and others online.
Back then Lawrence felt the crime was equivalent to a sex crime and called for tougher laws.
Garofano was ordered by the federal judge at a US district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to serve the prison term followed by three years of supervised release.
He accepted his act of crime in April and was pleaded guilty, where he sent emails to victims posing as a member of Apples online security personnel, to obtain usernames and passwords
The prosecution argued for a sentence of 10 to 16 months in prison, but Garofano asked for leniency requesting 5 months in prison and another 5 months in house custody.
The prosecution passed an order in which they felt Garofano’s offense was a serious offense. It involved him in distributing private and intimate photos 240 times over a period of 18 months. He invaded the privacy and stole their personal information which included private and intimate photos. It further mentioned Mr. Garofano not only kept the photographs to himself but distributed them to other individuals as well and may have also sold them to earn money.
The prosecution also added, he acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on his victims’ lives.
Reacting to this Garofano said he has already suffered serious consequences and has cleaned up his act since the hacking spree, which began when he was in college.
Richard Lynch, defense attorney wrote “He now stands before the court having matured, accepting responsibility for his actions and has not been in trouble with the law since. There is nothing to suggest that he would ever engage in this or any other criminal conduct in the future.”
The rest of the three hackers have been sentenced earlier, to terms between 9 months and 18 months in prison.