Back in 2014, the largest ever celebrity hack rocked the Internet when nude photos of female celebrities started appearing online.
The infamous release of the images became known as ‘The Fappening’.
Dozens of famous women including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Anna Kendrick had their private pictures leaked to the entire world and, understandably, they were not happy.
Ever since then, the FBI and other officials have been hunting the people behind the hacks, and today, they’ve announced that they’ve found the person responsible.
And he’s already pleaded guilty, New York Daily News reports.
Ryan Collins, 36, faces between 18 months and five years in prison, and federal prosecutors say he used a phishing scheme to get illegal access to over 100 email accounts – with many of them belonging to female celebrities.
David Bowdich, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said:
By illegally accessing intimate details of his victims’ personal lives, Mr. Collins violated their privacy and left many to contend with lasting emotional distress, embarrassment and feelings of insecurity.
Jennifer Lawrence was victim to the ‘celebgate’ and had intimate photos meant for her then-boyfriend spread all over the Internet.
She told Vanity Fair in 2014:
It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting.
Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this.
Here’s hoping that justice will be served.