A fifth person has come forward to plead guilty to his role in gaining unauthorized access to celebrity iCloud accounts in 2014’s ‘Celebgate’. As reported by The Mercury News, Christopher Brannan today admitted that he accessed over 200 iCloud, Facebook, and Yahoo accounts, and downloaded personal pictures and videos from those accounts.
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One of the men behind the ‘Celebgate‘ phishing attack has pleaded guilty to accessing more than 300 iCloud and Gmail accounts, including ‘at least 30’ belonging to celebrities. The plea was announced by the U.S. Attorneys Office for the Central District of California.
Edward Majerczyk, 28, who resides in Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, was named in a criminal information filed today in United States District Court in Los Angeles. Majerczyk has signed a plea agreement in which he agrees to plead guilty to a felony violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, specifically, one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.
Another of the Celebgate offenders, Ryan Collins, also took a plea back in March in return for a recommended sentence of 18 months …
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The software developer credited by Apple for discovering last year’s developer center flaw says that he informed Apple of an iCloud weakness that may have been used to obtain celebrity nudes more than six months before the photos were accessed.
The Daily Dot reports that Ibrahim Balic advised Apple in March of a Find My Phone weakness that would allow brute-force attacks on iCloud accounts. It has been suggested that this may have been one of the methods used to access the accounts – or even complete iPhone backups – of celebrities … expand full story