Man Who Hacked Jennifer Lawrence Is Jailed For 9 Months
The man responsible to hacking into several celebrities phones, including that of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, has now been jailed for a total of nine months.
Edward Majerczyk hacked into online celebrity accounts, getting hold of private information and in some cases nude photos.
The 29-year old was found guilty of misleading his celebrity targets into giving him their username and password, through a phishing scheme that he created.
It was also found that overall more than 300 emails and online accounts were hacked into.
The hacker, who lives in Chicago, has been responsible for several celebrities photos being leaked online with him even having to pay one unnamed celebrity over $6,000 after their private photos went viral on the web.
In 2014, pictures of Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton, were shared across several websites and social media with Jennifer referring to the incident as a ‘sex crime’ in an interview with Vanity Fair.
When the Hunger Games star first realised her photos had been leaked, she reportedly broke down.
She revealed in the interview,
I was just so afraid. I didn’t know how this would affect my career… Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory.
The shocking case, quickly becoming known as ‘celebgate’, didn’t see Majerczyk being charged for selling or posting the private stuff online.
He did however plead guilty last year to unwarranted access to a privately protected computer.
The offender’s lawyer claimed that he was suffering with depression at the time, and wanted to ‘fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.’
He went on to say that Edward had often felt remorse for carrying out the hack and only wanted to obtain the information and images for his ‘personal use’.
Majerczyk could have received up to five years for the crime, but instead got nine months.