Edward Majerczyk, 29, from Illinois, was sentenced to nine months in a federal prison after pleading guilty to hacking the email accounts and online storage of famous actresses, according to the US Attorney’s office.
According to Zach Fardon, Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Joseph Fitzpatrick, he will begin serving his sentence on the 27th February.
Majerczyk, was charged with computer felony hacking last year.
His attorney, Thomas Needham, was unavailable for comment.
Jennifer Lawrence and other Celebrities
The court document does not name any victims directly although it is known that investigations began after Jennifer Lawrence email and online storage was hacked. The Oscar winner’s ordeal was widely published.
Other actresses who found personal details and images published online include actresses Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, and model Kate Upton. All of the women complained in interviews about the images that were put in the public domain.
In a sentencing memorandum filed last week, Needham wrote, “At the time of the offense, Mr Majerczyk was suffering from depression and looked to pornography websites and Internet chat rooms in an attempt to fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.”
He added that he felt remorse for what he had done.
Last September, Majerczyk pleaded guilty to the charges although as his attorney pointed out together with the Justice Department investigators had not managed to link him to leaking images online.
His attorney stated that they were for his personal use and he had no plans to disseminate them.
Majerczyk signed a plea agreement in which he admitted illegally accessing 300 email and storage accounts on Apple Inc’s iClourd and Alphabet Inc’s Google Gmail accounts. He did this using a “phishing” strategy to obtain login details.
He was able to gain full access to iCloud backups belonging to several people, many of whom live in Los Angeles.