Hacker Admits to Invading 550 iCloud and Gmail Accounts


A hacker not yet proved guilty of carrying out one phishing scam because of which he illegitimately accessed over 500 e-mail accounts of which a large number were of celebrities from the entertainment sector, faced contempt of court on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles. He is accused of committing computer crime of the federal order for which he will likely admit guilt.


The Office of United States Attorney said that Chicago resident Emilio Herrera, aged 32, lately endorsed an agreement suggesting he'll admit guilt to certain criminal infringement he did upon the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, precisely, an instance of illegitimate admission into certain protected PC for garnering private information.


The plea agreement shows that Herrera utilized one phishing scheme for acquiring admission into 550 iCloud and Gmail accounts of which about 40 accounts belonged to celebrities both men and women. Already federal officials have issued suits against Lancaster, Penn based Ryan Collins, who got punished with an 18-month sentence of imprisonment in 2016, and Chicago based Edward Majerczyk, who was punished with a 9-month imprisonment. Variety.com posted this on the Web dated October 23, 2017.


Prosecutors claim that Herrera distributed electronic mails to victimize people between April 2013 and August 2014. The e-mails seemed as from Yahoo, Hotmail and Apple related security accounts, with other providers' similar accounts also included. The e-mail messages solicited login credentials of usernames and passwords which Herrera utilized for gaining admission into the victims' iCloud and Gmail A/Cs. The accused, it's alleged, utilized Elcomsoft software for taking down videos and photos from iCloud.


Notably as per the plea agreement, Herrera tried to just have the photographs for himself. Meanwhile according to prosecutors, no clue exists to suggest he posted them onto the Web. The plea agreement also indicates that Herrera infiltrated the Gmail account of a neighbor as many as 495 times. Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Dunst are the names of celebs whose photographs had been exposed on the Net.

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