A Connecticut man who played a role in a large-scale hack that involved several Hollywood stars faces an eight-month prison sentence. Three other men were also sentenced in connection with the case.
George Garofano, 26, pleaded guilty to stealing personal information from nearly 250 Apple iCloud accounts. The 2014 hack resulted in nude photos of actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and other celebrities being released on the internet. Additionally, he accessed the accounts of people who were not famous.
Garofano was also sentenced to 60 hours of community service and must serve three years of supervised release after his prison sentence. He and three other hackers were arrested in a phishing scam that lured people into sharing their usernames and passwords. They were sent fake emails that appeared to be from Apple security.
Prosecutors argued that because he committed a felony crime, Garofano should receive a prison sentence of a minimum of 10 to 16 months. However, the judge gave Garofano a lighter sentence after he asked for leniency.
Garofano’s lawyer admitted that the case posed challenges due to the sheer number of victims. He said his client had expressed remorse for his actions. “When he gets behind a computer, he forgets what he does impacts other people,” the lawyer said.