Creep signs plea deal for celebrity nudes hack

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A third creep has pleaded guilty to phishing passwords for people’s Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts and then ransacking them for nude photos in the 2014 Celebgate photo thefts.

On Monday, the Chicago US Attorney’s Office said that 32-year-old Emilio Herrera, of Chicago, has signed a plea agreement and is expected to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Herrera agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.

It was only one count for the purpose of the plea deal, but Herrera was suspected of pawing at people’s photos a bit more persistently than that: the FBI has claimed that Herrera’s IP address was allegedly used to access about 572 unique iCloud accounts.

The IP address went after some of those accounts numerous times: in total, somebody using it allegedly tried to access 572 iCloud accounts on 3,263 occasions. Somebody at that IP address also allegedly tried to reset 1,987 unique iCloud account passwords approximately 4,980 times.

Prosecutors alleged that Herrera was particularly keen to get his hands on a neighbor’s sensitive photographs, videos and other private information: he accessed the neighbor’s Gmail account 495 times, they claimed.

from Naked Security – Sophos

Creep signs plea deal for celebrity nudes hack