A man was sentenced to nine months in prison this week, for hacking the online accounts of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.
Edward Majerczyk from Chicago was accused of stealing private information, including nude photos, by organising a phishing scheme that tricked people into giving their usernames and passwords for a number of online accounts, including their email.
According to The Guardian, the 29-year-old was also ordered to pay $5,700 (€5,300) for counselling services for one undisclosed celebrity, whose photos were posted online.
The hacker’s lawyer Thomas Needham said that his client was “suffering from depression and looked to pornography websites and internet chat rooms in an attempt to fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life” in court.
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He also insisted that Edward had “consistently expressed remorse” since pleading guilty last year to one count of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information, however, he was not charged or accused of selling or posting the material online.
Back in 2014, a number of private (and nude) photos of high-profile celebrities were leaked online, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.
Speaking about the hacking, Jennifer previously told Vanity Fair, “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change.”
“That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it.
“It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside,” she added.