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George Garofano, who Hacked and Leaked Jennifer Lawrence's Nude Photos, Sentenced to Jail

Updated On 06 Feb, 2019 Published On

George Garofano, the man who hacked and leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and a number of other celebrities including Kate Upon, Kirsten Dunst, has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison, multiple sources have confirmed.

According to the court documents obtained, as ordered by Connecticut Judge Victor A. Bolden, the hacker will also serve 3 years of supervised release. The hacker was reportedly one of four people charged with the crime.

Garofano, who has been released on a $50,000 bond, was also ordered to report to prison on October 10, 2018, in addition to serving 60 hours of community service.

Back in 2014, pictures of Jennifer and many other female stars circulated online after the pictures were taken from their respective iCloud accounts.

Shortly after that incident, a representative for Jennifer told E! News, "This is a flagrant violation of privacy."

Her Hunger Games co-star Josh Hutcherson also called the incident "ridiculous". He told Entertainment Tonight Canada at the time, "We're people too, man; we just want to live, we want to be normal people. It's not fair."

Both Apple and the FBI have been investigating the matter. In 2014, Apple said in a statement that the company was "outraged" and "privacy and security are of utmost importance to us."

Apple called the hack a "very targeted attack" and suggested its users to use stronger passwords in their accounts.

The FBI, meanwhile, told NBC News at the time, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."

This isn't the first time celebrities have been plagued by hacking; in 2013, a man named Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking access to Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis' files and posting naked photos of the women.

Christopher's other victims included Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Jessica Alba, Miley Cyrus and more.