Celebrity Nude Photo Hacker Is Sentenced To 18 Months In Federal Prison
The man behind the much-publicized celebrity nude photo hacking in 2014 has been sentenced. Ryan Collier, who agreed to a plea deal earlier this year, has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge William W. Caldwell, The Hollywood Reporter reports. According to THR, 600 victims were identified. These included celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Gabrielle Union, Ariana Grande, and Rihanna.
Collier was charged in March of this year with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in relation to the hacking. At the time it was reported that the 36-year-old agreed to plea guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. At the time, an official from the U.S. Attorney's office said that Collins could face up to five years imprisonment, but it was also reported that prosecutors would recommend he serve only 18 months in exchange for his plea.
According to THR, while Collins admitted to obtaining private information, including the photo, the investigation into the hack never found any evidence that he shared or uploaded the pictures.
According to Fortune, Deirdre Fike, the Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, said “The prison sentence received by Mr. Collins is proof that hacking into the accounts of others and stealing private information or images is a crime with serious consequences."