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Fourth man pleads guilty in 'Celebgate' photo leak

Fourth man pleads guilty in 'Celebgate' photo leak

In a plea agreement that was also lodged today in United States District Court in Los Angeles, Garofano agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

Although the case was lodged by federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, the parties have agreed to transfer the case to the District of CT for the entry of Garofano's guilty plea and sentencing.

According to the Feds, between April 2013 and October 2014, Garofano was part of a creepy crew who sent fake Apple technical support emails to celebs and those who worked for them, tricking many of their marks into handing over their iCloud passwords, either by social engineering or by directing them to a phishing website. He faces up to five years in prison.

The charge against Garofano stems from an investigation into the leaks of nude photos of dozens of female celebrities in September 2014, which came to be known as 'celebgate'.

A fourth suspect in the 2014 "Celebgate" iCloud photo hack has plead guilty to charges of computer fraud. Investigators say Garofano later traded the account usernames and passwords to others, along with materials he downloaded from the hacked accounts. Emilio Herrera, 32, pleaded guilty a year ago and will be sentenced next month for illegally accessing over 550 iCloud accounts.

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Kate Upton was one of the celebrity victims of the nude

Most of the accounts Garofano obtained access to belonged to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, but also to many local CT victims.

Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison, while Collins was sentenced to 18 months. Ryan Collins, 36, also pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 18 months previous year.

In an emailed statement to the Hartford Courant, Garofano's lawyer, Richard Lynch, described him as "a good person who was taken advantage of by several hackers more sophisticated than himself".

Among the celebrities whose nude photos were posted online are Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence and Kirsten Dunst. Herrera, also of Chicago, is awaiting sentencing next month.

Speaking about the scandal in an interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence said she was "just so afraid".

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