Edward Majerczyk, the Chicago hacker behind Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photo leak, was sentenced to nine months in prison for his crime.
He was charged and accused of hacking into private accounts, but not for spreading the private material online.
The 29-year-old Edward Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison, for hacking the electronic accounts of 30 celebrities, stealing private information, including nude videos and photos.
One of these celebrities was Jennifer Lawrence.
Majerczyk was sentenced to nine months in prison, and instructed to pay a fine of $5,700 “in restitution for counseling services” for one celebrity victim whose photos he had illegally obtained and spread online- Jennifer Lawrence.
He was accused of “orchestrating a phishing scheme” to hack into over 300 emails and other online accounts, including Jennifer Lawrence’s.
Majerczyk pleaded guilty to one count of unauthorized access last year. He signed an agreement to transfer his plea to Chicago. Majerczyk was not charged or accused of spreading the material online.
According to Majerczyk’s attorney, Thomas Needham, he was “suffering from depression and looked to pornography websites and internet chat rooms in an attempt to fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.”
Needham said that since Majerczyk was “deeply affected” by the hacking scandal, and has been seeing a therapist for anxiety and panic attacks.
Lawrence had called the leak of her photos a “sex crime” in an interview with Vanity Fair. Nude photo leaks and sex tapes have been a source of anxiety for people all over the world.
How he Hacked the Accounts
According to his plea deal, the hacker had obtained illegal access by sending emails to his victims that masqueraded as Internet service providers asking for their usernames and passwords. He then illegally accessed the accounts of the people who typed in their information.