Second Celebgate Hacker Pleads Guilty

Posted: Jul 4 2016, 9:08am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News

Second Celebgate Hacker Pleads Guilty
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Another hacker behind the Celebgate hacking scandal that hit celebrities in 2015 has pleaded guilty.

28-year-old Edward Majerczyk from Illinois pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, specifically, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Through a phishing attack on celebrities Majerczyk gained access to over 300 Apple iCloud accounts. About 10% of these accounts belonged to celebrities. Nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Anna Kendrick and Kelly Cuoco have leaked in what has become known as Celebgate in 2014.

“Hacking of online accounts to steal personal information is not merely an intrusion of an individual’s privacy but is a serious violation of federal law,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “Defendant’s conduct was a profound intrusion into the privacy of his victims and created vulnerabilities at multiple online service providers.”

Majerczyk’s plea agreement was lodged in Friday, July in United States District Court for the Central District of California and will be executed upon transfer of the case to the Northern District of Illinois. He will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.

“This defendant not only hacked into e-mail accounts – he hacked into his victims’ private lives, causing embarrassment and lasting harm,” said Deirdre Fike, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “As most of us use devices containing private information, cases like this remind us to protect our data. Members of society whose information is in demand can be even more vulnerable, and directly targeted.”

Edward Majerczyk is the second hacker that pleaded guilty in Celebgate related attacks. 36-year-old Ryan Collins, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in March of this year. An FBI investigation brought Majerczyk and Collins down.

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