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Man jailed for hacking into Jennifer Lawrence’s on-line account

A person’s been jailed for 9 months for hacking into the web accounts of celebrities, together with Jennifer Lawrence.

Edward Majerczyk, 29, stole non-public data, together with nude movies and images.

He was accused of organising a phishing scheme that tricked victims into giving him usernames and passwords.

Majerczyk, from Chicago, was ordered to pay one unnamed superstar £four,900 after their images had been later shared on-line.

He wasn’t charged or accused of promoting or posting the fabric on-line.

He pleaded responsible final yr to 1 depend of unauthorised entry to a protected laptop to acquire data.

No victims’ names had been talked about within the courtroom paperwork.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Picture caption Mary Elizabeth Winstead was additionally among the many victims of the superstar hack

In 2014, non-public footage of celebrities together with Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and mannequin Kate Upton had been posted on-line and shared on numerous web sites.

The case turned referred to as “celebgate”, with Jennifer Lawrence telling Vanity Fair magazine that the hacking was a “intercourse crime”.

In a sentencing memo, Majerczyk’s lawyer Thomas Needham mentioned, on the time of the offence, his consumer was “affected by melancholy”.

It learn: “He regarded to pornography web sites and web chat rooms in an try and fill a number of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.”

He added that Majerczyk had “constantly expressed regret” for the hacking and that the fabric was for his “private use”.

In October 2016, in a separate case, 36-year-old Ryan Collins was sentenced to 18 months in jail for the same hack.

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