Hacker pleads guilty to stealing celebrities' nude photos
A hacker who leaked nude photos of celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton is facing up to five years in prison.
On Tuesday (15Mar16), Ryan Collins, 36, was charged with one count of felony computer hacking, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Prosecutors have recommended the Lancaster, Pennsylvania resident face a jail term of 18 months, but a judge could extend the sentence to five years behind bars.
According to the statement, Collins admitted to breaking into more than 100 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of celebrities between November, 2012 and September, 2014, and gaining access to the full iCloud backups of at least 18 celebrities.
While the stars were not named in the statement, the saucy snaps released online in 2014 featured Lawrence, Upton, Kim Kardashian, Hayden Panettiere, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande, Vanessa Hudgens, and Gabrielle Union, among others.
At the time of the leak, Union released a statement condemning the hacker's actions, writing, "Our private moments, that were shared and deleted solely between my husband (sports star Dwyane Wade) and myself, have been leaked by some vultures.
"I can't help but to be reminded that since the dawn of time women and children, specifically women of colour, have been victimised, and the power over their own bodies taken from them. These atrocities against women and children continue worldwide..."
Lawrence also spoke out against the hacking, telling Vanity Fair: "Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world."
- Cover Media