Hacker , Fappening and fakes
Ryan Collins, the Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to hacking into online accounts belonging to many celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, sent fake emails that appeared to be from Apple or Google to gain access to login information, according to NBC News. Collins was charged in Los Angeles on Tuesday with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He could serve a maximum of five years in prison, but the U.S. Attorney’s Office told NBC News that prosecutors would recommend an 18-month sentence.
The prosecutors filed a charging document stating that through his phishing, Collins was able to use usernames and passwords between November 2012 and September 2014 to access email accounts, swipe nude photos, and sometimes download full backups from iCloud.
As previously reported, Collins has not been linked to the actual sharing or leaking of the nude photos. Officials have since confirmed that at least 50 iCloud and 72 Gmail accounts were compromised during the hack.
If you were to search for “the Fappening” right now, it wouldn’t take long to find what you might be looking for. About six results down the page, there it is: “TheFappening—free leaked nude celebrities pics & videos.” And then again a couple more links down. And then again, on a page with a telling name: Rekt Celebs.
Mixed throughout the results is some related news. Ryan Collins, the 36-year-old Pennsylvania man behind the now infamous Labor Day weekend 2014 hack, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of “unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.”