Connecticut-based George Garofano has agreed to plead guilty to charges of hacking more than 250 Apple iCloud accounts, including many that belonged to celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Miley Cyrus, and Kirsten Dust.
Garofano, 26, is the fourth the Fappening hacker that pleads guilty, after Emilio Herrera, Edward Majerczyk, and Ryan Collins. Majerczyk has already been sentenced to nine months in jail, while Collins received a sentence of 18 months behind bars. Herrera, who broke into 550 iCloud and Gmail accounts, is due to be sentenced in February.
The US Department of Justice (DoJ) says Garofano ran a phishing scheme between April 2013 and October 2014 to steal usernames and passwords for accessing iCloud accounts. He sent emails to his targets, including a series of US celebrities, claiming to work for Apple and requesting the login credentials or recommending passwords resets though a fake website that looked similar to Apple’s.