CT man to plead guilty in 'Celebgate' hacking case

Postado Janeiro 13, 2018

A fourth suspect in the 2014 "Celebgate" iCloud photo hack has plead guilty to charges of computer fraud.

George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Conn., a section of North Branford, was charged Thursday by the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for allegedly violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Although the case was lodged by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, the parties have agreed to transfer the case to the District of CT for the entry of Garofano's guilty plea and sentencing.

Prosecutors say from April 2013 through October 2014, Garofano engaged in a phishing scheme to obtain usernames and passwords for iCloud accounts.

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. In the emails, he encouraged the victims to send him their usernames and passwords or told them to enter them on a third-party website to which he had access.

In some instances, Garofano traded the usernames and passwords, as well as the materials he stole from the victims, with others.

Although many of Garofano's victims were A-listers, including Gabrielle Union, Kaley Cuoco and soccer star Hope Solo, many non-celebrities who live in CT were also targeted, according to officials.

In the past, the Oscar-winner Lawrence has called the photo hacking a "sex crime". The 26-year-old Garofano will likely be sentenced to up to 16 months in the federal case, according to the Hartford Courant.