The culprit behind Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photo scandal pleads guilty to stealing these racy photos. A man from Pennsylvania admitted to hacking accounts of celebrities and stealing their private information.
Ryan Collins, 36, is accused of stealing private information, videos and photos from 100 Google and Apple accounts. Some of the accounts are owned by female celebrities with varying degrees of fame.
Collins was charged for hacking the phones of Jennifer Lawrence’s and other female celebrities to get their photos, as reported by Mashable. His victims include Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Jenny McCarthy, Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Gabrielle Union, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Victoria Justice and more. While he is charged for stealing photos, he is not accused of leaking those images.
According to Page Six, Ryan carried out phishing to obtain the photos. He sent emails to the victims whose photos he wanted to hack. The victims were then asked to provide their username and password to the emails that seemed to be from Google or Apple. When a victim replied, he could download all the photos from the victim’s iCloud or Gmail account using an unidentified software.
The phishing took place between November 2012 and September 2014. The man from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was able to obtain the information through unauthorized access.
“Lawless unauthorized access to such private information is a criminal offense,” said United States Attorney Eileen M. Decker. “My office remains committed to protecting sensitive and personal information from the malicious actions of sophisticated hackers and cyber criminals.” Ryan can be jailed for up to five years for the crime.
The Justice department stated that authorities “have not uncovered any evidence linking Collins to the actual leaks or that Collins shared or uploaded the information he obtained.” The hunt is still ongoing to determine who spread these photos.
Having her photos spread was not easy for Jennifer Lawrence. Even after a year had passed, she still cannot get over what happened to her. “It was all pain and no gain,” Lawrence told Vogue in her cover story for its December issue.