Man re­morse­ful for hack­ing ac­counts

Irish Examiner - - World News -

A Con­necti­cut man charged with hack­ing into more than 250 iCloud ac­counts of Hol­ly­wood stars and or­di­nary peo­ple has agreed to plead guilty.

Fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors say the charge against 26-year-old Ge­orge Garo­fano stems from the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the 2014 “cele­b­gate” scan­dal in which the pri­vate pho­tos of Jen­nifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and oth­ers were made pub­lic. The North Bran­ford man agreed to plead guilty to unau­tho­rised ac­cess to a pro­tected com­puter. He faces up to five years in prison. Pros­e­cu­tors say 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. Garo­fano’s lawyer tells the

Hartford Courant his client “is a good per­son who was taken ad­van­tage of” by more so­phis­ti­cated hack­ers and is re­morse­ful.

Jen­nifer Lawrence: Pri­vate pho­tos were made pub­lic.

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