The crime happened in August 2014 (opens in new tab), but it was only Tuesday that Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, and the other female celebrities who had hundreds of their nude photos leaked saw some justice.
According to Variety (opens in new tab), Ryan Collins of Lancaster, Pennsylvania signed a plea deal with the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles earlier this week. Collins, 36, gained illegal access to at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts by phishing, or sending fake emails that appeared to be from Apple or Google asking for usernames and passwords, NBC reports (opens in new tab).
Collins could face up to five years in prison, but because he cooperated with prosecutors, he may see a lighter sentence of only 18 months.
"It's so beyond me," Lawrence said of the theft in a Vanity Fair profile. "I just can't imagine being that detached from humanity. I can't imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.
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