The Lancaster, Pennsylvania man who hacked into the phones of such female celebrities as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. Ryan Collins, 36, was convicted for felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a Thursday press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. He was taken into custody at his sentencing and will immediately being serving his year and a half sentence.
In a plea deal, Collins admitted to hacking at least 50 Apple iCloud and 72 Gmail accounts between November 2012 and September 2014, including those of a bevy of young, beautiful celebrities. According to prosecutors, he used a “sophisticated phishing scheme,” emailing his victims under the guise of Apple and Google and obtain their usernames and passwords.
Collins stole cellphone photographs, including intimate nude pics, from such celebrities as Lawrence, Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union among others. None of his victims, however, were named in the case, nor do prosecutors believe that Collins was the one who uploaded them to the internet. Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine soon after the photos were leaked in late 2014, Lawrence said the hacking was not a scandal, but a sex crime. "The the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it," said Lawrence. "I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside."