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A Man Confessed his Crime of Getting into Celebrity Accounts


A man from Branford Connecticut, North, disclosed that he hacked Hollywood celebrities' as well as others iCloud accounts, so he managed to steal private images and videos including personal data.


Government prosecutors stated George Garofano, 26-year-old admitted on Wednesday to access to a secure PC illegally to acquire data. He utilized the data to illicitly break to about 250 accounts of iCloud.


The charge originated from the inspection about scandal from 2014, in which the personal photographs of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst and others were shown publicly. The U.S. Lawyer's Office, California, Central District, which is driving the prosecution, applied charges against George 11th January, 2018. For more prosecution, the parties consented to send the lawsuit to Connecticut, the release claimed.


No one from victims approved Garofano to retrieve their web accounts, neither did anyone approve Garofano to download private data from their web accounts, authorities claimed. Court documents express that from 2013 April to 2014 October, Garofano attacked the iCloud accounts -- most of the victims were members from Los Angeles media industry also some non-celebrities who reside in Connecticut -- through various sophisticated ways as per the post on nhregister.com dated 12/04/2018.


Prosecutors claimed George sent emails that seemed, to be coming from Apple urging victims to unveil user-id and passwords. In other cases, court records state Garofano would send malicious emails to victims. When victim tapped on a URL in the email, it takes the victim to a different site, where they asked to write their user-id and password. Then the victim would sign in to that outsider site separately and acquire the user-id and password entered by the victim, the document of high court said.


Garofano was able to retrieve full backups of Apple iCloud also that belong to several victims, including numerous celebrities. The backups contain sensitive and personal photos and videos. Sometime he would trade with the user-ids and passwords, including the items that he steal from victims, with different people.


Garofano, who stays free on bond of $50,000, now faces about 5 years in jail at condemning at a time to be fixed on.

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