A Chicago man received a nine-month prison sentence on Tuesday (January 24) for hacking the electronic accounts of 30 celebrities – one of them being actress Jennifer Lawrence – and lifting private information, including nude videos and photos.
Edward Majerczyk, 29, sent emails to his unsuspecting victims that seemed to have come from internet service providers seeking usernames and passwords.
Majerczyk then illegally accessed the accounts of those people who gave him that information.
Apart from serving his sentence, he is also required to pay $5700 in restitution for counseling services for one unnamed victim whose photos were shared online.
Majerczyk pleaded guilty in federal court in Los Angeles last year to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. He signed a plea agreement for his case to be transferred to Chicago. He was not charged or accused of selling or posting the material online.
Both sides agreed he should receive a 9-month prison term. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Read more…
Federal agents have claimed that Jennifer Lawrence broke down back in 2014 during a meeting about her nude photos leaking online. She even told Vanity Fair magazine that the hacking was a “sex crime”.
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