Another of Jennifer Lawrence’s hackers is going to prisonAugust 30, 2018
George Garofano — one of the four hackers who stole and leaked celebrity nudes in the 2014 event that came to be known as Celebgate (and on 4chan as “The Fappening”) — has been sentenced to eight months of prison time. Variety reports, he’ll also face three years of supervised release and 60 hours of community service after he gets out. In total, Garofano hacked more than 250 people, including Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kirsten Dunst.
Three other hackers had already been sentenced for their roles in hacking the material that became Celebgate: Ryan Collins, 36, was sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to felony hacking and violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act; Edward Majerczyk, 28, pled guilty to the same and was sentenced to nine months in prison. Emilio Herrera, 32, also pled guilty and is still awaiting his sentencing. While the US Attorney’s Office says there’s no evidence that Collins, Majerczyk, or Herrera shared or posted the stolen images online, Variety reports that prosecutors in the case allege that Garofano traded usernames, passwords, and the images themselves with other people.
Each of the hackers gained access to other people’s accounts through phishing — sending their targets fake password-reset links, and then using that information to log into their accounts. On August 31st, 2014, that material ended up on 4chan and Reddit, and horny men online flocked to both sites to download the nudes before they disappeared. It took Reddit a full week before they shut down the Fappening subreddit for copyright issues.