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Hacker Behind Leaked Nude Celebrity Photos Gets 10 Years 346

wiredmikey writes "A U.S. judge sentenced a computer hacker to 10 years in prison on Monday for breaking into the email accounts of celebrities and stealing private photos. The hacker accessed the personal email accounts and devices of stars including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead, among dozens of other people he hacked. The hackers arrest in October 2011 stemmed from an 11-month investigation into the hacking of over 50 entertainment industry names, many of them young female stars. Hacked pictures of Johansson showed her in a state of undress in a domestic setting. Aguilera's computer was hacked in December 2010, when racy photos of her also hit the Internet. Mila Kunis' cell phone was hacked in September that year with photos of her, including one in a bathtub, spread online. According to the FBI, the hacker used open-source, public information to try to guess a celebrity's email password, and then would breach the account."
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Hacker Behind Leaked Nude Celebrity Photos Gets 10 Years

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  • by suso ( 153703 ) * on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:03PM (#42327667) Homepage Journal

    What is Open Source information? The OSI foundation doesn't seem to be doing a good job of enforcing the trademark of the term Open Source. I hear and see it used in many ways in which it should not be and the term has been grossly eroded in meaning over the past decade.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:07PM (#42327705)

    Pretty standard term.

  • by bsDaemon ( 87307 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:09PM (#42327727)

    Trademarks are domain-specific, like how actual windows can still be called windows and Microsoft can't sue over Windows. The use of the term "open source" for intelligence information (OSINT) is as old as dirt and is used to differentiate between sources such as news papers/party organs/etc and information attained through clandestine means, either human intelligence (HUMINT) or signals intelligence (SIGINT). Nothing to get upset about. It's not like the article said he used "the well known, open-source hacker tool Linux..."

  • by bsDaemon ( 87307 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:38PM (#42328123)

    Davis W. Moore, "Open Sources on Soviet Military Affairs," Studies in Intelligence (Summer 1963-declassified article)

    Herman L. Croom, "The Exploitation of Foreign Open Sources," Studies in Intelligence (Summer 1969-declassified article)

    So, the term as applied goes back at least to the 60s. It has just become more common in the last 10-15 years or so.

  • by Cito ( 1725214 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:59PM (#42328423)

    most sites have these watermarked or censored with black bars

  • Re:Wake up call (Score:5, Informative)

    by DrgnDancer ( 137700 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @03:07PM (#42328533) Homepage

    You are correct. The article states that he could have gotten 121 years if he'd been convicted on all 26 counts he was indited for. Real world third degree burglary adds up too when you've broken into a couple dozen stores. If the information in the article is correct, it looks like the average maximum sentence for each indictment is around 4.5 years, so 2.5 years less than you say for third degree burglary. It's just that he did it lots and lots of times. Sounds like he got off pretty easy, about 3 months per count.

  • Re:Wake up call (Score:3, Informative)

    by Alphadecay27 ( 1277022 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @03:44PM (#42329075)
    The article states that he stalked two non-celebrities for more than 10 years. It's a lot more creepy than just some guy wanting to see celebrity boobies.

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