Man pleads guilty in case of hacking Apple and Google accounts that culminated in the leak of nude celebrity photos

Man pleads guilty in case of hacking Apple and Google accounts that culminated in the leak of nude celebrity photos

In September 2014, a case that ended up being known worldwide as "Fappening" burst after photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence (pictured above), Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco, Victoria Justice and Teresa Palmer nude leaked on the net.

It was soon discovered that most of them would have been obtained from iCloud, but Apple promptly denied that it was a security breach in the service. The controversy ended up bringing details about the iCloud two-step verification system and CEO Tim Cook even came to grant an interview about the case.

Yesterday, as the Department of Justice announced (Department of Justice, or DoJ) from the United States, a man pleaded guilty to hacking accounts not only at Apple, but also at Google (over 100 hacks were made to email accounts). Ryan Collins, 36, admitted that he did not exploit security holes, but “social engineering” mainly through attacks of the type phishing. He had been collecting account access data since November 2012.

Although it was prosecuted in Los Angeles, Collins' case was transferred to Harrisburg (Pennsylvania). His sentence has not yet been determined, but he could face prison terms of 18 months or up to 5 years in addition to being required to pay a fine of up to $ 250,000 for violating the law. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

(via Gawker, AppleInsider)