The fourth man involved is due to be sentenced next month.
On Tuesday 28th August, a 26-year-old male found himself sentenced to nine months in prison for his part in the 2014 hacking of the online iCloud accounts of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, a host of other celebrities, and stealing the private information, including nude photos.
The photos were later posted online and a basic Google search means the nude photos can still be seen within just a few clicks
George Garofano, 26, pled guilty to illegally hacking the private Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people, including Hollywood stars as well as average internet users. He was sentenced Wednesday in a federal court in Bridgeport.
After serving his sentence, Garofano will be held to a three-year supervision order, and also perform 60 hours of community service.
Garofano was one of four men arrested for the 2014 hack. As well as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence, private photos of Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Hudgens, Rihanna, Kate Bosworth, Hayden Panettiere, and others were all affected.
Jennifer Lawrence said at the time of the hack that “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime…It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting.”
Garafano admitted at an earlier hearing that he had posed as a member of Apple’s online security in order to obtain usernames and passwords. (FYI, don’t ever give your password to anyone, no matter how legitimate they may seem to be.)
“It will take me a while to forgive myself for this, and I am disappointed in myself,” said Garafano in a statement. “I feel remorse for anyone that could have been affected by this on any scale, public or private…It is a part of my life that I will always regret, as it has never been a reflection of who I am as an individual.”
“He now stands before the court having matured, accepting responsibility for his actions and having not been in trouble with the law since,” his defense attorney Richard Lynch wrote. “There is nothing to suggest that he would ever engage in this or any other criminal conduct in the future.”
Two other men tried in this case have already been sentenced, with the fourth due to be sentenced next month.