Judge sentences "Fappening" photo hacker to eight months in prison

One of the four men charged with hacking and distributing nude photos of female celebrities in the 2014 "Fappening" scandal was sentenced to eight months in prison.
By Rick Docksai | Aug 31, 2018
One of the hackers involved in illegally leaking nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other female celebrities four years ago received an eight-month prison sentence Thursday in a Connecticut court. The hacker, 26-year-old George Garofano, is one of four men facing charges for the hacking scandal known as "The Fappening."

Garofano was found guilty of participating in the hack, in which he and collaborators broke into the private Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people and disseminated across the Internet nude photos and other private information stored in the account holders' phones. Lawrence was one of their victims, along with Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton.

Garofano pleaded guilty in April to one count of "unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information." He admitted that he had created a "phishing" scheme in which he used emails made to look like they had come from Apple security accounts to secretly obtain the usernames and passwords of the actresses and other Apple users. He said also that he used these login credentials to gain access to their personal photos and files, which were subsequently uploaded to websites like Reddit and shared with other individuals.

In Thursday's ruling, U.S. District Judge Victoer Bolden ordered Garofano to report to prison on October 10. Garofano will also have to complete 60 hours of community service and undergo three years of supervised probation.

Lawrence has spoken publicly about the trauma of the photo leak, which she likened to "being gang-banged by the entire (expletive) planet." Lawrence has since then voluntarily performed a nude scene in the spy thriller "Red Sparrow," and said that doing so was a way for her to reclaim agency over the situation.

"One is my choice," she said. "I got something back that was taken from me, and it also felt normal."

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