Man Pleads Guilty To Leaking Celebrity Nudes
The man responsible for bringing us all
the grand gift of “The Fappening” has been brought to justice.
A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty Tuesday to hacking into the email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information, including nude photos and videos.
Ryan Collins, 36, was accused of gaining access to more than 100 Google and Apple accounts from November 2012 to September 2014. Many of those accounts belonged to famous women, including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.
He pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. Federal prosecutors said Collins used a scheme called phishing in which he was able to get victims to provide information about their accounts in response to emails that appeared to come directly from Apple and Google.
In the scheme, he asked account-holders to provide their log-in data, the Los Angeles Times reported. In some instances, authorities said, he was able to obtain all the files his victims had stored online, including nude photos and videos.
No celebrities were identified in a plea agreement filed in March. Prosecutors say there was no evidence that Collins posted any of the pilfered images online or shared any information he obtained.
Collins, of Lancaster, was charged as part of an investigation into the posting of nude photos of numerous celebrities, including Lawrence and Upton, but prosecutors said he was not suspected of being involved in releasing those images. According to his Facebook page Collins is married and has two children.
Well we can’t blame this guy for any more leaks…