Fourth Suspect Pleads Guilty in Nude Celebrity Photo Hack

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A man from Northford is the one of the suspects behind a 2014 hack of private online celebrity photos, according to federal prosecutors.

A CT man accused in the so-called "Celebgate" nude photo hacking scandal that victimized Hollywood stars such as Jennifer Lawrence has agreed to plead guilty.

George Garofano, of Northford, Connecticut, agreed to plead guilty on Thursday (11 January) to illegally accessing over 250 Apple iCloud accounts in violation of USA hacking law.

The crime, for which Garofano is expected to plead guilty in the District of CT, involved breaking into A-list celebrities' private Apple iCloud accounts and then publishing their nude photos across the internet. He faces up to five years in prison.

According to a new report, 26-year-old George Garofano was charged on January 10 with utilizing a phishing scheme in order to hack into hundreds of iCloud accounts, with many belonging to celebrities.

Chicago resident Emilio Herrera has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced next month after federal prosecutors charged him in a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to more than 550 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts.

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Kate Upton was one of the celebrity victims of the nude

Additionally, Page Six reports that Garofano admitted to sending fake Apple support emails in order to convince the victims to divulge their private account info.

The information allowed Garofano to steal personal information, including photos and videos, the plea agreement stated.

The case against Garofano is the fourth case stemming from FBI's "celebgate" investigation.

"George is a good person who was taken advantage of by several hackers more sophisticated than himself", lawyer Richard Lynch said in an email to Hartford Courant. The suspects in the latter two cases were sentenced to prison.

The star of Mother! called the leak a "sex crime" and a "sexual violation" in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

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