Celebgate: Third man prosecuted for illegal access to celebrity iCloud accounts

A 32-year-old American wants to plead guilty to my Phishing gains access to over 550 iCloud and Gmail accounts to have. The distribution of nude photos could not be proven.

The investigation "Celebgate" case have led to a further charge: A 32-year-old US citizen from Chicago wants to take an admission of guilt for having surreptitiously illegal access to over 550 iCloud and Gmail accounts through phishing - including several accounts of celebrities. This was announced by the prosecutor of Los Angeles. It is now the third person being prosecuted in the matter.

As with the two previous defendants no connection with the publication of the photos could be detected, however the man. The investigators could not prove that the accused who gained by accessing information "shared or uploaded"So the prosecution.

Up to five years in prison possible

The man threaten theoretically up to five years in prison, but in view of a "plea deals" the sentence is likely to be significantly lower. The two previously identified perpetrators who confessed also of unauthorized access to the Apple and Google Accounts guilty, were sentenced to nine and 18 months in prison.

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The actress Kirsten Dunst "thanked" after the attack on Apple's iCloud.Enlarge

Unknown had numerous nude pictures of celebrities three years ago - including the actresses Kirsten Dunst, Jennifer Lawrence and the model Kate Upton - published.

Due to the many well-known victim of the "Celebgate" and "The Fappening" baptized action received substantial attention and threw first the question of whether a security breach at the base iCloud enabled the illegal access to iPhone backups. Apple rejected this vehemently.

Apple: No iCloud vulnerability

Only after the iPhone maker extended the protection of two-factor authentication, which has since also covers iCloud Backups: Before they can be downloaded to a new device, only a security code must be entered in addition to user name and password. The two-factor authentication is still an optional Schutzvorkehrung. Many of the nude pictures published were then apparently stolen from the executed automatic iCloud backups, but probably common forensic software was used.

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(LBE)