Hacker admits stealing nude celebrity pics
A CHICAGO hacker who stole nude photos from the accounts of at least 30 celebrities pleaded guilty in a federal court.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Edward Majerczyk admitted to one count of “unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information”.
Prosecutors agreed to ask for a reduced sentence of nine months in prison. The charge carried a maximum sentence of five years.
In 2013 and 2014, Majerczyk hacked into the Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities, including actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Brie Larson, and model Kate Upton, and stole photographs of the women in various states of undress. The photographs were later leaked online.
Majerczyk’s lawyer Thomas Needham told US District Judge Charles Kocoras in Chicago that the 29-yearold hacker made no effort to “sell or disseminate” the photos. –