Saturday July 23, 2016

Oregon Man Sentenced To Six Months In Prison In Celebrity Hacking Case

While his attorney argued against a prison sentence because the technique he employed wasn’t particularly sophisticated, the guy responsible for The Fappening is getting six months in the federal slammer. Mr. Helton said he has been a "dead man walking" since his arrest in 2013, and his life has been taken over by mental illness.

"For more than two years, defendant Andrew Helton targeted, baited, and hooked unsuspecting victims with his phishing e-mails," Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie S. Christensen wrote in a filing urging Kronstadt to sentence Helton to at least a year in prison. "He targeted strangers, acquaintances, and celebrities alike. He trolled through their private e-mail accounts, accessing the most private of communications. He systematically pilfered nude and intimate images of his victims and stored them in his own computer for personal use."