Fourth Fappening Hacker Caught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Joanna Estrada
January 14, 2018

A CT man was charged today in federal court with a felony computer hacking offense related to a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 250 Apple iCloud accounts, many of which belonged to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. He faces up to five years in prison.

Garofano was involved in an expansive phishing campaign from April 2013 to October 2014 that stole iCloud account information from victims, according to the plea agreement he signed on Thursday. In the emails, he encouraged the victims to send him their usernames and passwords or told them to enter them on a third-party website to which he had access.

Passwords were then used to access the women's accounts and steal intimate photographs.

The US Department of Justice has charged a fourth suspect for hacking Hollywood celebrities and leaking nude photographs and videos in a 2014 incident referred to as The Fappening or Celebgate.

Prosecutors said that in some instances, Garofano traded passwords with other individuals.

Most of the accounts Garofano obtained access to belonged to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, but also to many local CT victims. Emilio Herrera, 32, pleaded guilty past year and will be sentenced next month for illegally accessing over 550 iCloud accounts.

In the third case, Ryan Collins, 36, a father-of-two from Pennsylvania, was sentenced in 2016 to 18 months in prison.

Another Illinois man, 29-year-old Edward Majerczyk, was sentenced last year to nine months in federal prison.

A man from Northford is the one of the suspects behind a 2014 hack of private online celebrity photos, according to federal prosecutors.

Co-conspirators: Edward Majerczyk (left), 29, from Chicago, was sentenced past year to nine months in federal prison.

The star of Mother! called the leak a "sex crime" and a "sexual violation" in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.

In an emailed statement to the Hartford Courant, Garofano's lawyer, Richard Lynch, described him as "a good person who was taken advantage of by several hackers more sophisticated than himself".

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