Ryan Collins, a 36-year-old, who currently lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking into the accounts of more than 600 people. He was the one who hack the nude photos of famous celebrities back in 2014.
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The nude photos Collins accessed of Jennifer Lawrence– the most affected victim- were most famously leaked online in 2014. Kate Upton, Gabrielle Union, Rihanna, and Avril Lavigne were among the victims.
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Collins admitted to acquiring the passwords of over 100 people through phishing techniques, as told by The Guardian. He sent some of his victims emails pretending to represent Apple or Google. The hacks included at least 50 iCloud accounts, as well as 72 Gmail accounts. Collins also acquired some photos by falsifying they were for modeling assignments.
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The case started in Los Angeles before being transferred to Pennsylvania. Collins could have received five years and a $250 fine but he got a shorter sentence after pleading guilty, according to The Washington Times.
Yet, it may surprise us to learn that direct evidence of Collins leaking the photos he gathered hasn’t been found yet.
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