This Is How Jennifer Lawrence’s Nude Photo Hacker Got Into Her Files

Ryan Collins, the Pennsylvanian man who pleaded guilty to hacking into email accounts and computers and stealing nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, has revealed how he gained access to their personal accounts. According to NBC News, Collins stated that he had sent fake emails that appeared to be from Apple or Google in order to gain access to their login information.

On Tuesday, Collins was charged in Los Angeles with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He could serve a maximum five year sentence in prison, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated that prosecutors currently recommend an 18-moth sentence for Collins.

The prosecutors filed a charging document that said that through Collins’ phishing, he was able to use usernames and passwords between November 2012 and September 2014 to access email accounts, grab nude photos and even download full iCloud backups.

He has not been linked to the actual sharing or leaking of the nude photos, however. It has been confirmed that at least 50 iCloud and 72 Gmail accounts were compromised during the hack.

Jennifer Lawrence was the most vocal celebrities who were affected by the leak. She said that she felt “so afraid” after it happened, according to Cosmopolitan. In an interview with Vanity Fair, she said, “Just because I’m a public figure…does not mean that I asked for this…It’s my body and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world.”

Me, too, Jennifer. Me, too.

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