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Hacker sen­tenced over nude pho­tos theft

A Penn­syl­va­nia court has sen­tenced a man to 18 months in jail for hack­ing into the ac­counts of celebri­ties and steal­ing nude pho­tos and videos. Ryan Collins, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges in May. He had stolen the user­names and pass­words of more than 600 peo­ple. Collins tricked his vic­tims - in­clud­ing ac­tresses Jen­nifer Lawrence, Kate Up­ton, Scar­lett Jo­hans­son, and Kirsten Dunst - by send­ing emails ap­pear­ing to be from Google or Ap­ple.

Collins was charged with ac­cess­ing the pho­tos be­tween 2012 and 2014, in a case known as “cele­b­gate”. But was not charged with re­leas­ing them.

A state­ment by pros­e­cu­tors said: “In­ves­ti­ga­tors have not un­cov­ered any ev­i­dence link­ing Collins to the ac­tual leaks or that Collins shared or up­loaded the in­for­ma­tion he ob­tained.” Collins ac­cessed at least 50 iCloud ac­counts and 72 Gmail ac­counts. Court fil­ings said he had used fraud­u­lent email ad­dresses de­signed to look like se­cu­rity ac­counts from ser­vice providers, in­clud­ing email.pro­tec­tion318@icloud.com, nore­ply_helpdesk0118@out­look.com and se­cure.helpdesk0119@gmail.com.

Collins was orig­i­nally charged in Los An­ge­les, but sen­tenced in Penn­syl­va­nia, his home state.

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