Remember the Fappening, a September 2014 case that ended up being known worldwide after the leak of nude celebrity photos (Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco, Victoria Justice and Teresa Palmer) leaked online? It doesn't hurt to recap.
At the time, it was discovered that most of these photos were obtained from iCloud, but Apple promptly denied that this was a security breach in the service. However, the controversy ended up bringing details about the iCloud two-step verification system, forcing CEO Tim Cook to give an interview about the case (promising improvements, some of which will be implemented soon after).
In early 2016, Ryan Collins (36) admitted that he had been collecting access data for celebrity accounts since November 2012 through social engineering mainly type attacks phishing , and not exploiting security holes. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
This week, it was the turn of another to confess to the crime. Like Collins, Edward Majerczyk (28 years old) used type of attacks phishing to hack over 300 Gmail and iCloud accounts a breach of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act). Majerczyk was charged in a district court in Los Angeles (California), but was tried in Illinois.
He faces a legal sentence of a maximum of 5 years in prison however, it is quite possible that he will be sentenced to just 18 months, like Collins.
(via The Verge)