A Connecticut man charged with hacking into celebrity iCloud accounts has agreed to plead guilty.
Private photos of Hollywood stars such as, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst along with many others were leaked on the internet in 2014, leading to criminal charges against four cyber-culprits found to have been involved.
Investigators had previously linked Emilio Herrera, Edward Majerczyk, and Ryan Collins to the photo hacking scandal.
Federal prosecutors say the charge against 26-year-old George Garofano stems from the investigation into the 2014 “celebgate” scandal.
The North Branford man agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer. He faces up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors say Garofano sent emails that appeared to be from Apple encouraging victims to reveal usernames and passwords, or to enter them on a website where he could retrieve them.
“It is a sexual violation,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2014. “It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
“George is a good person who was taken advantage of by several hackers more sophisticated than himself,” lawyer Richard Lynch said in an email to Hartford Courant. “He made mistakes, admits his guilt, apologizes to the victims and seeks the leniency of the court.”