Ryan Collins Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail for Hacking Celebrity iCloud Accounts


Back in 2014, Apple found itself embroiled in a widespread issue over celebrity iCloud accounts being hacked, and pictures of those celebrities subsequently being published online.

The person behind the hack is Ryan Collins, from Pennsylvania, and he pled guilty to the endeavors earlier this year. Now, months later, he’s finally been sentenced: 18 months in prison. He was formally charged with violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and while the Department of Justice found ample evidence, along with his confession of the hack, there does not appear to be any evidence that Collins actually leaked the images.

Collins implemented his plan to run a phishing scam to gain passwords to high-profile accounts over two years. In that time, he was able to gain the passwords for a variety of different celebrities, the majority of which were female, including singers Avril Lavigne and Rihanna, as well as actress Jennifer Lawrence.

[via The Guardian]