Hacker who leaked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and others in 2014 has been sentenced to eight months in prison

by Asfa Shakeel

The hacker who leaked compromising photos of Jennifer Lawrence in 2014 has finally been sentenced to 8 months of prison and three years of surveillance. 

In 2014, George Garofano, along with three other hackers, illegally hacked the Apple iCloud account of Lawrence and 240 others, including Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst. The 26-year-old and his partners then put the now-infamous photos of the celebrities along with their personal information on the Internet.

Lawrence said at the time that the whole experience had been “so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words.”

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Jennifer Lawrence is seen in Midtown on February 26, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)

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Kate Upton arrives at the Premiere of ‘The Layover’ at ArcLight Hollywood. (Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

On Wednesday, a federal judge at a US district court in Bridgeport, Connecticut charged the group of four, who all pled guilty to the offense back in April, The Guardian reported. They admitted to posing as Apple’s security personnel to access usernames and passwords of the ones they hit to leak private photos and information.

Prosecution argued on a sentence of 10 to 16 months, which is in line with federal guidelines. Garofano asked for leniency, requesting five months of prison and five months of home confinement.

His prosecution statement read:

Mr Garofano’s offense was a serious one. He illegally hacked into his victims’ online accounts, invaded their privacy, and stole their personal information, including private and intimate photos. He did not engage in this conduct on just one occasion. He engaged in this conduct 240 times over the course of 18 months. Not only did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photographs he stole, he disseminated them to other individuals. He may have also sold them to others to earn ‘extra income’.” The statement also read, “In committing this offense, Mr Garofano acted in complete and utter disregard for the impact on his victims’ lives.

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Jennifer Lawrence attends the “Red Sparrow” premiere on February 26, 2018 in NYC. (Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Garofano’s defense attorney, Richard Lynch, wrote, “He now stands before the court having matured, accepting responsibility for his actions and having not been in trouble with the law since. There is nothing to suggest that he would ever engage in this or any other criminal conduct in the future.

Garofano’s other three partners have been sentences to prison terms between nine and eighteen months.

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