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Guy Who Hacked Celeb Nude Photos Is Sentenced

He will serve 18 months in federal prison
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2016 4:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – A hacker who stole hundreds of nude photos of celebrities that ended up online in 2014's "fappening" won't be seeing any naked women for a while: Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old from Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He could have been sentenced to up to five years for felony computer hacking, but prosecutors recommended 18 months after he took a plea deal earlier this year. Collins ran a phishing scam that obtained the passwords to the Gmail or Apple iCloud accounts of at least 100 celebrities, most of them women, including Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rihanna.

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Collins got the passwords by sending the celebrities emails that appeared to be from Google or Apple, Pennsylvania US attorney Bruce Brandler said in a statement, per the Guardian. "In some cases, Collins would use a software program to download the entire contents of the victims' Apple iCloud backups. In addition, Collins ran a modeling scam in which he tricked his victims into sending him nude photographs," Brandler said. Prosecutors did not, however, find evidence that Collins had shared or uploaded the photos he stole. (Lawrence called the leak of nude photos a "sex crime.")

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