Saturday, 9 July 2016

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Perhaps it seemed like innocent fun to him at the time, but two years after hacking into celebrity iCloud and Gmail accounts, Edward Majerczyk, 28, has agreed to plead guilty to a felony computer hacking charge according to prosecutors.

He now faces up to five years in prison.

This case made news in September of 2014 when the nude photos of several actresses, most notably Jennifer Lawrence, were leaked online.

The plea agreement signed by Majerczyk says he illegally accessed the iCloud and Gmail accounts of more than 300 people through phishing, obtaining their user names and passwords. Through this he found access to the iCloud backups of at least 30 celebrities.

"Many of these backups contained sensitive and private photographs and videos," said the plea agreement. Chicagoan Majerczyk is expected through the plea deal to formally plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Illinois to a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a felony.

Last March 38-year-old Ryan Collins pleaded guilty to the same crime. Federal authorities found no evidence that linked either of the two men to the circulation of the photos.

Other celebrities whose privacy was violated by these two men include Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and Kate Upton. Taylor Swift has claimed that her Twitter and Instagram accounts were hacked in 2015.

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