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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 jdray ( 645332 ) * on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:09PM (#42327723) Homepage Journal

    I'm not quite clear why anyone thinks that putting things online in any capacity is safe from prying eyes, particularly if they're a celebrity. I don't defend the actions of these "hackers" (pfft), but the photo owners should be smart enough to take some precautions or find someone that can help them do it.

  • by ShanghaiBill ( 739463 ) * on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:12PM (#42327769)

    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

    "Open source" simply means something that was openly published and available to the public. The term has been in use for at least a century. The OSI foundation has no trademark on the term.

    That fact that this guy got the info from open sources doesn't make it okay. If I find your key under your doormat, that was stupid of you, but it doesn't make it okay for me to rob you. This jerk got what he deserves.

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

    by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:39PM (#42328149)

    Further proof celebs are fucking dumb. This guy wasn't a "real hacker".

    Well, he'll be going to a real prison with real criminals -- Slashdot's whinging about what is a hacker, a cracker, or a script kiddie is irrelevant.

    He's hardly a criminal mastermind, but what he did was still illegal.

    As illegal as breaking and entering into someone's home and stealing photos from a bedroom safe. Good to hear that the court system sees hacking for the serious crime it really is. Someone with a talent for computing shouldn't be given free license to break into someone elses devices and steal, and then provide some lame 'War Games' "it was just some innocent hacking" defense. 10 years will give him time to wonder if maybe he shouldn't play like some kind of untouchable omnipotent God at a keyboard. I look forward to hearing of more tough sentences in the future.

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

    by pclminion ( 145572 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @02:48PM (#42328271)

    Further proof celebs are fucking dumb. This guy wasn't a "real hacker".

    On the contrary, guessing a password is a truly classic hack. What is more of a "real hack" from your perspective? Downloading and running a cracking script? To guess a person's password from information publicly available about them is a prime example of security-oriented thinking.

    The best hacks are tailored precisely to the circumstances.

  • Re:Wake up call (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rk ( 6314 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @03:07PM (#42328523) Journal

    I have a made-up narrative for an alter ego where I know all the answers to those questions (e.g., what's your mother's maiden name?) and I use those answers instead of the real ones. So you can do all the research you want on me, and you'll get wrong answers for those questions. But I'm weird that way... :-)

  • Re:Wake up call (Score:2, Interesting)

    by SternisheFan ( 2529412 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @04:23PM (#42329635)
    "The reality is that hacking isn't that bad."

    Then I should have the right to break into your car and take what I want, because I know how to work a rock that can break your window. Hacking is criminal for a reason, and the courts are catching up to proper sentences for tech crimes. This is a high profile case, which will usually get a longer sentence to discourage others. Hey, IMO murder should be life w/o parole every time, but some get out after a couple years. Justice isn't always equal. And this sentence is meant to 'send a message' to any future hackers to not do the crime if you can't do the time. Ask Michael Douglas's son how much fun jail is...

    "Michael Douglas' son had his leg and finger broke in prison, according to the Huffington Post. Cameron Douglas is serving a nine-and-a-half year prison sentence on drug charges. The 34-year-old is recovering from his injuries after a New York crime boss reportedly put a $100 bounty on his head. According to the New York Post, getting beat up is payback for Douglas being a "rat," a title he may have earned after his psychiatrist accidentally revealed Cameron once testified against his drug suppliers. Nice one, doc. "He broke his femur, which is hard to snap, and had to have a rod inserted," an anonymous source told the Post. "He told health services staff that he hurt them playing handball. You don't break a femur playing handball." Maybe if you're playing with a cannon ball." []

  • Re:Wake up call (Score:2, Interesting)

    by s0nicfreak ( 615390 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @06:12PM (#42330955) Journal
    If you can break into my car and make exact copies of the stuff inside without depriving me of those things, and then put the window back exactly as you found it - have at it.
  • by disambiguated ( 1147551 ) on Tuesday December 18, 2012 @08:27PM (#42332201)

    They didnt. they define "Open Source". Caps have a purpose, you know.

    There are a handful of case-sensitive words [] in English. "Open Source" isn't one of them.

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