man to plead guilty to hacking celebrities’ email – CNBC
Known as a ‘phishing’ scam, Collins used fraudulent email disguised to impersonate legitimate security services, such as “email@example.com,” and requesting usernames and passwords from the victims, according to prosecutors.
By doing so, Collins accessed the iCloud accounts, used for online data storage, for 18 celebrities and downloaded the backed-up data that included nude pictures and videos, court documents said.
It is not the first time a suspected hacker has been charged with leaking celebrity nude photos.
A Florida man was sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in prison for hacking into email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera to leak private information and nude photographs.