Edward Majerczyk, 28, of Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, agreed to plead guilty last Friday, July 1, in a criminal case that accused him of hacking the iCloud and Gmail accounts of over 300 victims, of which 30 belonged to Hollywood and other celebrities.
Majerczyk was theof participating in The Fappening celebrity hacking scandal during which hackers have breached the personal email iCloud and Gmail accounts of 100 celebrities and leaked private images and videos, sometimes adult in nature.
The first suspect was never charged, Majerczyk was the second
Previously to naming Majerczyk, the FBI raided the home of Emilio Herrera, another Chicago native, on October 15, 2014. This past January it was revealed that the FBI conducted a mirror raid on the house of Majerczyk, on the same day.
Authorities said that Majerczyk registered the firstname.lastname@example.org email address, similar to the official email@example.com address. He then used this email address, to send spear-phishing emails to various celebrities.
The FBI said the suspect accessed 330 accounts over 600 different times, downloading sensitive material, from November 23, 2013, through August 2014.
Court documents mentioned the celebrities’ initials: J.L., K.U., J.V. and A.L. The initials J.L. could stand for Jennifer Lawrence, K.U. for Kate Upton, and J.V. for Justin Verlander, all victims of The Fappening (or Celebgate).
According to his plea deal, once Majerczyk officially signs the document, he will face a statutory maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.
A third suspect already pleaded guilty
In March, the US Department of Justice announced that they, 36, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania with hacking Apple and Gmail accounts of several celebrities between November 2012 and September 2014.
FBI said Collins hacked 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts. Collins later pleaded guilty and agreed to a recommended prison term of 18 months.
Authorities said that neither Majerczyk nor Collins were the ones that uploaded the pictures online. This could be the work of Herrera or a fourth suspect.