PRIVACY-INVADING and password-purloining Edward Majerczyk, 28, has been charged with the hack on Apple's iCloud that revealed more about celebrities than anyone really needed to see.
The hack in 2014 was known as the Fappening and took its name from the practice of masturbation, according to Wikipedia.
Personal accounts belonging to TV, film and pop celebs were stripped down to their nethers, revealing the kind of compromising photos that they would sooner have kept private.
Majerczyk has pleaded guilty and been charged, and his case is being transferred from Los Angeles to Illinois, probably because of lawyers.
The US Department of Justice said that Majerczyk confessed to a felony violation under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and to unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
"Hacking into online accounts to steal personal information is not merely an intrusion of an individual's privacy but a serious violation of federal law," said US 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 accepted in his plea agreement that he engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for his victims, which he used to access the private information and photographs. It was a huge thing when it happened and a lot of celebrities were affected and angry.
"This defendant not only hacked into email accounts, he hacked into his victims' private lives, causing embarrassment and lasting harm," said Deirdre Fike, 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."
Investigators could not find evidence that Majerczyk leaked the photographs, but they are sure that he accessed them and we are sure that there will have been some leaking involved somewhere. µ
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