Hacker who leaked nude images of Jennifer Lawrence and Rihanna jailed

Published time: 30 Aug, 2018 17:08Edited time: 31 Aug, 2018 09:31

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A man who hacked more than 200 Apple iCloud accounts and shared scores of illegally obtained photographs, including naked pictures of Hollywood actress Jennifer Lawrence, has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

George Garofano stood accused of engaging in a phishing scheme which targeted celebrities between 2012 and 2014. The 26-year old is now expected to spend eight months behind bars after he was convicted of obtaining and disseminating caches of private information.

When the scandal broke, Jennifer Lawrence compared the incident to a “sex crime.”

“It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. Just 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. It’s so beyond me,” Lawrence told Vanity Fair in 2014.

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Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Vanessa Hudgens and Hayden Panettiere were also hit by the hacking scam.

Kate Upton. © Mike Segar / Reuters

Dubbed ‘Celebgate’ by parts of the media, the iCloud swindle involved hackers posing as Apple security staff in order to persuade victims to hand over usernames and passwords.

According to Connecticut prosecutors, Garofano gained access to around 240 accounts, with the 26-year old part of a four-man group that also sold on details for financial gain.

In court, Garofano admitted sending phishing emails. He has now been sentenced to eight months and ordered to perform 60 hours community service upon release. Judge Victor Bolden has ordered Garofano to report to prison on October 10.

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What are the penalties for hacking?

The law punishes hacking under the computer crime statutes. These crimes carry penalties ranging from a class B misdemeanor (punishable by up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000, or both) to a class B felony (punishable by up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $15,000, or both).Jun 28, 2012

How illegal is it to hack?

Hacking as such is not illegal. The kinds of things that are illegal (depending on jurisdiction) are "theft of services" or "unauthorized access to a computer system" or "fraud". ... If I do it to your computer, that's illegal unless you gave me permission.

Is hacking someones email illegal?

Criminal Penalties for Email HackingEmail hacking is one of the most common instances of cybercrime these days, and it is one of the most severely penalized. ... In the same state, however, a third-degree computer crime that causes more than $1,000 in damage could lead to five years in prison.

Is it illegal to log into someone else's email without permission?

Online, it is illegal to: Access or change password protected information on purpose and without permission. For example, logging into someone else's email or social networking accounts without their permissiona long prison sentence, like identity theft or fraud).Sep 25, 2012

Is phone hacking illegal?

Legality. Phone hacking, being a form of surveillance, is illegal in many countries unless it is carried out as lawful interception by a government agency. In the News International phone hacking scandal, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was found to have violated the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Is it illegal to hack someones text messages?

I'm having trouble finding information on whether it is illegal to read someone else'stext message. It is illegal to read someone's mail without their permission, but textsare a little different. It's also illegal to hack someone's phone or otherwise access their phone without their permission.

Can you go to jail for opening someone else's mail?

Most people understand that it's illegal to open mail that's not addressed to you. ... Intentionally opening, intercepting or hiding someone else's mail is the felony crime of mail theft which comes with some heavyweight penalties, including five years' incarceration in a federal prison.Mar 15, 2018

Is spying on spouse illegal?

However, if the illegally obtained information leads to legal sources of information, and your spouse can cover his or her tracks, then your spouse's spying could end up hurting you in court. The fact that your spouse is spying on you is also a warning sign that your relationship is in serious trouble.

Is hacking Facebook accounts illegal?

Yes, hacking into someone's Facebook account is illegal. There are a number of potential charges, all of which impact the statute of limitations.Mar 4, 2014

Is it illegal to spy on someones text messages?

The common rule is that it is illegal to spy on text messages because it violates a person's privacy. By spying, it's meant unauthorized surveillance over one's mobile device without their consent. On the other hand, there are circumstances under which one person can track text messages from one cell phone of another.Nov 30, 2015

Is my computer being monitored?

If you have suspicions that your computer is being monitored you need to check the start menu see which programs are running. Simply go to 'All Programs' and look to see if something like the software mentioned above is installed. If so, then someone is connecting to your computer without you knowing about it.Jul 23, 2015

How can I see recent activity on my computer?

In order to find out when it last awoke:

  1. Head to the Start menu and type "Event Viewer" in the search box. ...
  2. Double click on Windows Logs in the left sidebar, then click on System.
  3. Right click on System and choose Filter Current Log.
  4. In the window that pops up, look for the Event Sources drop down.

How can I view deleted browsing history?

Recover deleted internet history through System Restore. The easiest method is to do a system restore. If the internet history was deleted recently system restore will recover it. To get system restore up and running you can go to the 'start' menu and do a search for system restore which will take you to the feature.Aug 19, 2014

How do I delete my Google browser history:

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More.
  3. Click History.
  4. On the left, click Clear browsing data. ...
  5. From the drop-down menu, select how much history you want to delete. ...
  6. Check the boxes for the info you want Google Chrome to clear, including “browsing history.”

How do I get rid of spyware?

Here's a step-by-step guide for taking action.

  1. Step 1: Enter Safe Mode. Before you do anything, you need to disconnect your PC from the internet, and don't use it until you're ready to clean your PC. ...
  2. Step 2: Delete temporary files. ...
  3. Step 3: Download malware scanners. ...
  4. Step 4: Run a scan with Malwarebytes.  

15 Clear Signs Your Phone Was Hacked

Published on Nov 11, 2017
How to Know if You've Been Hacked? If you think your smartphone is your private zone, you may be very wrong. So far, there is no such device that can’t be hacked.

We often see our smartphones as our secure digital havens. We use them to keep our most personal information: from pictures to credit card details. Some people even save their passwords in Notes. That’s a bit too much, right? You probably have all your text and email communication, including work stuff, based or synchronized on your phone.

To reduce the potential risks, we figured out three things: the ways your phone can be hacked, how to recognize them, and how to protect your phone from hackers.

You find new apps on your phone (you didn't install them) 3:45
Some apps stop working like they used to 4:20
Your phone has suddenly started to run out of juice very quickly. 4:37
Your smartphone seems slower than it used to be. 5:01
Your phone gets warm. 5:31
Your phone reboots itself, switches off, dials numbers, or starts applications. 5:56
Unknown phone numbers appear in your "Recent calls," and it costs you. 6:20
You cannot switch off your device 6:47
There are noises or echo during calls 7:12
You notice an increased use of mobile data 7:28
"Pop-ups" start appearing on your device out of nowhere 8:49
Emails sent from your phone are blocked by spam filters 9:15
You can’t make calls, or they are being dropped 9:38

What should you if you see any of these signs on your phone?
Try running mobile anti-malware software, delete all the apps you have not installed, and unreliable apps eating too much traffic. If it is possible, you can also reset your phone and go back to original settings. If that does not seem enough to you, consult a professional.

How can anyone steal your personal data?
- The easiest way is by taking possession of your phone for a few minutes and installing spy apps such as Spy Phone App, Spyzie, or Spyera. These apps are basically mobile trackers that record the incoming and outgoing phone calls and text messages. They can track GPS location, online activity and communication going on Whatsapp, Facebook, Viber, and Skype.
- Via an unprotected Wi-Fi network in a cafe or airport. The means of public Wi-Fi, you share all your traffic with everyone around you. Think of it next time you want to “Check in” somewhere exotic.
- When charging your phone via an unknown USB (even in an airplane or a car), there is a risk that all your data will be revealed and transferred. That’s a lot of information that can be used against you.
- SMS phishing. This happens when you receive a message with a link saying that it is, for example, your bank statement, a money transfer, or your photos. So you click it, download the file, and then reveal all your phone contents to hackers.
- With the help of the Signalling System SS7, used by the majority of telephone stations all over the world, hackers can read your text messages, listen to your phone calls, and track your cell phone locations. But if you are not a celebrity, there is nothing to worry about.

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12 Signs Your Computer Has Been Hacked

Published on Oct 3, 2017
There are important signs your computer has been hacked and your data has been stolen. What should you do? Learn the easiest ways to protect your computer from hackers.

Cyber attacks have recently become a very popular problem, so everyone is worried about protecting their data. To prevent your passwords or other important data from being stolen, you have to pay attention to any changes on your computer.

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How Hackers Really Crack Your Passwords

Published on Dec 17, 2016
How do computer hackers figure out our passwords? Learn about the techniques they use to crack the codes, and what systems protect us.

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Here's How to Stop Russian Cyber-Hacking
“In October, malware embedded in residential internet routers and DVRs helped orchestrate a large-scale distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the East Coast that shut down Amazon, Netflix, Twitter and other major websites. The following month, a ransomware hack shut down San Francisco's public transit ticketing system for a few days after Thanksgiving.”

7 sneak attacks used by today's most devious hackers
“Millions of pieces of malware and thousands of malicious hacker gangs roam today's online world preying on easy dupes. Reusing the same tactics that have worked for years, if not decades, they do nothing new or interesting in exploiting our laziness, lapses in judgment, or plain idiocy.”

How Your Passwords Are Stored on the Internet (and When Your Password Strength Doesn't Matter)
“There are a number of ways a site can store your password, and some are considerably more secure than others. Here’s a quick rundown of the most popular methods, and what they mean for the security of your data.”

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The Secret step-by-step Guide to learn Hacking; 14:40 min.

Published on Apr 6, 2018
totally clickbait. but also not clickbait. I don't know where to start hacking, there is no guide to learn this stuff. But I hope you still have a plan now!

How to learn hacking -

The ultimate guide,
everything you need to know -

Stuff that looks cool:

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basics of exploitation (+ my playlists) -
math puzzles with programming -
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Try something new:

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do some nice animations -
make some LEDs blink -

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Step Inside the Secretive Class That Turns People Into Hackers

Published on Jun 9, 2017
Forget algebra. Forget textbooks. This is education for the digital era.

The students of Practical Hacking are learning the tools and techniques that hackers use to infiltrate websites and networks. What they do with that knowledge is up to them.

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Meet a 12-year-old hacker and cyber security expert

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Published on Apr 16, 2018
One 12-year-old hacker from Texas is raising awareness about growing cyber threats and how to protect digital information. David Begnaud meets with Reuben Paul, a self-proclaimed "cyber ninja" who hacks household items to demonstrate how they can be exploited to spy on or even harm people.

How Hackers Could Wirelessly Bug Your Office; 7:32 min.

Published on Jul 29, 2016
You think about securing your laptop, but what about your desk phone, monitor, or printer?

In the second episode of Can I Hack It?, made possible by Mr Robot on Amazon Prime, white hat hacker Ang Cui demonstrates hacks on “embedded devices”—objects that contain computing systems but that you wouldn’t necessarily think of as computers.

At his office in New York, Cui shows us how he can turn an office phone or printer into a bugging device using a piece of malware he calls “funtenna.” This exploit makes the equipment transmit data over radio frequencies so it can be picked up by an antenna—without the hacker ever having to go near the device.

It’s a pretty high-level hack, but as Cui says, if he’s thought of it, you can imagine someone else has.

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