Fourth Suspect Pleads Guilty in Nude Celebrity Photo Hack

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He faces a maximum of five years behind bars and a supervised release.

George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Garofano used the usernames and passwords to illegally access his victims' iCloud accounts, which allowed him to steal personal information, including sensitive and private photographs and videos, according to his plea agreement. The suspects in the latter two cases were sentenced to prison.

The incident became known as "Celebgate" where nude photos of females celebrities were spread across the internet, including popular forms on Reddit and 4chan.

Authorities did not say if Garofano worked with the other three, but said that between April 2013 through October 2014 Garafono used phishing emails posing as Apple's security department to trick victims into giving in their iCloud credentials. In some cases, Garofano traded the usernames and passwords, as well as the materials he stole from the victims, with other individuals, the plea agreement states.

A fourth suspect in the 2014 "Celebgate" iCloud photo hack has plead guilty to charges of computer fraud. Another Illinois man was sentenced last year to federal prison. Although many of Garofano's victims were members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, many non-celebrities who live in CT were also victimized.

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Among the celebrities whose nude photos were posted online are Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst.

Majerczyk, who lives in Chicago, was sentenced to nine months in prison, while Collins, of Lancaster, Penn., was sentenced to 18 months.

Co-conspirators: Edward Majerczyk (left), 29, from Chicago, was sentenced previous year to nine months in federal prison.

In an emailed statement to the Hartford Courant, Garofano's lawyer, Richard Lynch, described him as "a good person who was taken advantage of by several hackers more sophisticated than himself".

The star of Mother! called the leak a "sex crime" and a "sexual violation" in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

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