Fourth man jailed for iCloud celebrity hacking

The “celebgate” leak was initially blamed on an iCloud data breach, but a US federal investigation revealed that a small group of hackers was responsible for the initial data theft using phishing attacks.

George Garofano, 26, was sentenced to eight months in prison followed by three years of supervision for his role in hacking into the Apple iCloud accounts of 240 people in 2014, including about 30 celebrities.

Prosecutors had called for a sentence of up to 16 months, but Garofano asked for leniency and requested no more than five months in jail and five months of home confinement. He said he had already suffered serious consequences and had cleaned up his act since his hacking days in college.

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