Edward Majerczyk scored 300 iCloud and Gmail accounts passwords at the end of 2014, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna, and Kate Upton. Hence, the 28-year-old Edward Majerczyk became really famous for the celebgate.
Hacker Confessed To Stealing The Naked Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence And Kate Upton
Two years after the scandal Celebgate when thousands of intimate images of hundreds of Hollywood actresses like Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Rihanna among others, and now filtered has appeared a new culprit.
28-year-old Edward Majerczyk agreed to a deal with the prosecution and admitted his guilt in the implementation of unlawful computer access and theft of personal data. Edward Majerczyk is the culprit of the scandal associated with the publication of erotic materials involving Hollywood celebrities, which included nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton. In the Western media dubbed the incident Celebgate.
According to the investigators, the attacker in the period from November 2013 to August 2014, using the elements of social engineering and acquired access to accounts in Apple’s iCloud and Google’s Gmail services of more than 300 people, including about 30 celebrities. Then the hacker downloaded all the candid photos and videos of the victims and published them on the Internet.
The deputy director of the local office of the FBI in Los Angeles ‘Deirdre Fike’, said that “the defendant not only hacked into the email accounts but the private lives of their victims causing embarrassment and lasting damage”.
However, the 28-year-old Edward Majerczyk currently faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison. His statement adds 36-year-old Ryan Collins, who was the other hacker involved in the ‘Celebgate’, but, Collins pleaded guilty last March in exchange for a sentence of 18 months in prison.
While both are involved in the attack on the 300 accounts, the Justice Department said that so far no evidence that the two had been the authors of these images filtering through the network.
Moreover, to gain access to the accounts of victims Edward Majerczyk also used the elements of social engineering. In particular, the attacker sends the victim a fake email with a link to a phishing site. This way an attacker could steal the credentials and the data of the victims.