Remember the 2014 iCloud celebrity hack that managed to stir quite a bit of controversy? Well, the fourth accused hacker in the case has been sentenced to eight months of prison.
Connecticut redient George Garofano, 26, has been sentenced to eight months in prison for hacking his way into iCloud accounts of 240 people including celebrities and leaking their private and intimate photos on the internet.
Garofano has been ordered to serve eight months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. He pleaded guilty of his crimes in April this year and requested a prison time of five months followed by another five months of home confinement. The prosecutors, however, argued for a prison time of anywhere between 10 to 16 months which are in line with the federal guidelines. They argued that the young hacker showed little regard for the privacy of the people whose data he stole and could have even sold their photos to others for money.
Garofano, on his part, said that he has already suffered for his crimes and has worked hard to clean up his image since then.
“He now stands before the court having matured, accepting responsibility for his actions and having not been in trouble with the law since,” defense attorney Richard Lynch wrote. “There is nothing to suggest that he would ever engage in this or any other criminal conduct in the future.”
The three other hackers in the case have received a far worse sentencing period of anywhere between nine to 18 months.
[Via The Guardian]