Hacker Who Leaked Jennifer Lawrence’s Nudes Gets 8 Months Of Prison

In 2014 celebrity nude photos were being leaked left and right. Roughly 100 of celebrities had private nude photos posted. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and many more were all targeted in the hacks. The leak was dubbed the “Fappening.”

But now justice is happening for the men responsible for the crime. The final person out of the group of four hackers has finally be sentenced to prison.

On Wednesday, August 29, George Garofano was ordered by a federal judge to serve eight years in prison followed with three years of supervision and 60 hours of community service.

The 26-year-old from Connecticut pleaded guilty to computer fraud on January 11, 2018. The three other people involved in the case have all pleaded guilty and were sentenced.

Edward Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison in January 2018, Ryan Collins was sentenced to 18 months in jail and Emilio Herrera pleaded guilty and will be sentenced next month. Majerczyk is accused of being the mastermind behind this scheme.

The four hackers would email the victims under the guise of other companies like Yahoo! or Apple. The emails would ask for login information, and then they would take their information, log in to their iClouds and then download private photos. This is called a “phishing” scheme.

“We continue to see both celebrities and victims from all walks of life suffer the consequences of this crime and strongly encourage users of Internet-connected devices to strengthen passwords and to be skeptical when replying to emails asking for personal information,” David Bowdich, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s L.A. field office, said in a statement after Collins was arrested.

Lawrence has spoken out against the incident. Months after the nudes were posted, Lawrence talked to Vanity Fair about it. Initially, she was afraid of how these photos will affect her career as an actress. Lawrence, who was 24 at the time, didn’t hold back about the crimes.

“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she told Vanity Fair in 2014. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. 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.”

She said she doesn’t have anything to apologize for and that the photos were for her boyfriend, who was long-distance at the time. They were private and should have stayed private.

“It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” Lawrence said. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

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