George Garofano, the last of the four individuals responsible for a series of hacks of female celebrities’ phones, was sentenced to eight months in jail followed by three years of supervision for the role he played in the hacking and distribution of stolen nude photos.
Garofano, 26, pled guilty to a phishing scheme he used to hack into Apple iCloud accounts. He posed as Apple security and sent emails requesting information. He then used that information to hack the accounts.
Hacker sentenced to prison for role in Jennifer Lawrence nude photo theft https://t.co/QlK54sgS8Y
— The Guardian (@guardian) August 29, 2018
The hacking took place in 2014 and among the celebrities was Jennifer Lawrence as well as Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Meagan Good and numerous others.
At the time, Lawrence talked about the pain of the ordeal with The Hollywood Reporter saying:
When the hacking thing happened, it was so unbelievably violating that you can’t even put it into words.
I feel like I got gang-banged by the fucking planet — like, there’s not one person in the world that is not capable of seeing these intimate photos of me. You can just be at a barbecue and somebody can just pull them up on their phone. That was a really impossible thing to process.
The man was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public. https://t.co/Bn2IMC8VKo #Daybreak8
— WISH-TV (@WISH_TV) August 30, 2018
Some fans remembered Lawrence’s feelings of violation and reaction to the attack on her right to privacy on her password protected life.
As another hacker is sentenced, let’s remember #Jlaw’s epic response to being hacked:
— Cerys Howell (@crhowellwriter) August 30, 2018
But a shocking number of men on social media cheered the hacker.
He did it for the people
— ⚜️Saints (12-5)⚜️ (@DaBossJohn) August 30, 2018
But he is a hero
— ETwise (@ETwiseTXIC) August 30, 2018
— Ismael (@___Ism4el___) August 30, 2018
Free my man
— owen (@ojdons) August 30, 2018
Some even blamed the women for having nude photos in the first place.
Maybe don’t take nude photos of yourself!
— Rivkah (@rglfm5) August 30, 2018
While I don’t condone or agree with hacking of any kind or type on anyone I still don’t understand why would anybody have nude pictures of themselves on any devices and put themselves at the mercy of those thief’s??
— Andreea Cote (@adacote_cote) August 29, 2018
Okay, so the hacker got in trouble for releasing the photos. BUT, she probably took them to send to someone, so technically, she herself, would have/had put them in circulation.
— Tron Jeremy (@TronDaddyBear) August 30, 2018
But they were not let off the hook.
Cue the righteous smackdown:
Women shouldn’t have to play defense in all aspects of their lives to avoid inciting male misbehavior or lust that eventually results in them breaking the law. Why should women not exercise their rights just because men lack the self control not to break the law? They’ll learn.
— Petty Crocker (@bettycuckooper) August 30, 2018
8 months, really? For hacking Apple's iCloud. It should be more in my opinion. Those men invaded their privacy. Smh. Yet who am I in this world, but a simple outsider watching in?
— 'Cely Yami (@RikaSecrets) August 30, 2018
This user asked an excellent question…
Legitimate question because I'm curious: if it was mainly male celebrities who had their nudes leaked, would we be blaming them for taking the pictures?
— ☆ Astrid ☆ (@iamhy3na) August 30, 2018
And received an excellent answer…
No. Matt Smith got his nudes leaked by the same guy (no Sonic Screwdriver jokes please) and no one's blamed him or insulted his intelligence. This is a sexist double standard to the utmost degree.
— Denethor Jones (@DenethorJones) August 30, 2018
Do better, bros of the Internet.