By Declan Dunn, TechViews News …..
Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne. Collins, who stole nude photos of female celebrities in 2014, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison.
Collins tricked celebrities into handing him their usernames and passwords by sending his targets fake emails that appeared to be from Apple and Google. Collins then stole personal information, including nude photos, from his targets, most of whom work in the entertainment industry.
In addition, Collins ran a modeling scam in which he tricked his victims into sending him nude photographs. He would identify young girls on Facebook and other social media that aspired to become models, and sent them trick online messages as well.
It was noted, however that Collins was not the person who leaked the photos to the public, but a friend whom he shared the photos with. He was originally charged in Los Angeles but the case was transferred closer to his home in Pennsylvania.
FBI investigators have traced similar hacking attacks on celebrities to two other men, one in Chicago and one in Oregon. Each pleaded guilty earlier this year, and investigators have said the three cases are unrelated.
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