Fourth Suspect Pleads Guilty in Nude Celebrity Photo Hack

North Branford Man Charged With Hacking Into Computers of Jennifer Lawrence and Other Hollywood Stars in 'Celebgate' Breach

CT man accused of hacking celebrity photo accounts, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst

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

The North Branford man agreed to plead guilty to unauthorized access to a protected computer, according to documents filed on Thursday in US District Court in Los Angeles.

Additionally, Page Six reports that Garofano admitted to sending fake Apple support emails in order to convince the victims to divulge their private account info.

Though many victims were celebrities in Los Angeles, prosecutors said a number of victims were non-celebrities in CT.

He then traded that information with other people.

Although many of Garofano's victims were A-listers, including Gabrielle Union, Kaley Cuoco and soccer star Hope Solo, many non-celebrities who live in CT were also targeted, according to officials.

Prosecutors said he was involved in a phishing scheme, which became known as "Celebgate", that gave him illegal access to more than 250 Apple iCloud accounts that belonged to Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and others.

Garafano's case marks the fourth in the FBI investigation. The suspects in the latter two cases were sentenced to prison.

Federal agents have said Academy Award victor Lawrence broke down and became distraught during a 2014 meeting about nude photos of her that appeared online.

Jennifer Lawrence has called the nude photo leak a "sexual violation."

Garofano's lawyer tells the Hartford Courant his client "is a good person who was taken advantage of" by more sophisticated hackers and is remorseful.

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