US Resident Pled Guilty to Stealing Explicit Celebrities PhotosAdded: Thursday, February 25th, 2016
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Andrew Helton, 29, of Astoria, Oregon, spent a few years in attempts to access email accounts of celebrities and stealing their nude photos. Some of his attempts were successful, and you may also remember the recent outrage with revealing the explicit pictures of female celebrities. The man has finally pleaded guilty to a felony hacking charge in Los Angeles. Now he faces up to 5 years of jail time after pleading guilty to stealing the private pictures from 13 people, including some stars whose names are not disclosed. The plea was entered last week.
As you may remember, hundreds of stolen nude photos of such celebrities as Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis have been posted on the Internet without their permission in recent years. However, this seems to be not connected with the current case: according to the representative of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Andrew Helton’s is a separate case and none of the photos he stole have leaked on the Internet for everyone to see. The man’s lawyer provided no comments on the results of the trial.
In the meantime, the prosecutors claimed that the defendant used a so-called “phishing” scheme, which worked in the following way: he sent victims emails they thought were from Apple or Google, where they were asked to verify their email accounts by following a link that actually led them to a scam site, where the hacker collected their login data. It is believed that the scammer managed to harvest over 350 email accounts this way and found some interesting pictures on some of them. The court decided that the hacker would be sentenced in early summer.
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