Hacker ad­mits steal­ing nude celebrity pics

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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