FBI Reveals Nearly 600 iCloud Accounts Breached In Celebrity Nude Photo Hacking Scandal
An unsealed FBI search warrant reveals that nearly 600 iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities and models, as well as their family and friends, were breached last year in a massive nude hacking scandal. On Wednesday, it was also revealed that after an investigation, FBI authorities searched in October the Chicago home of 30-year-old Emilio Herrera in connection with the hacking.
According to the affidavit, the FBI seized several computers, a cell phone, storage devices, and a Kindle Fire from Herrera’s home. Herrera, however, has not been charged with the crime and is not even considered a suspect. The affidavit also shed lights on how the FBI was able to use IP data and phone records to determine that a single computer, linked to two email addresses, was used to hack the celebrities’ iCloud accounts.
According to the court document, the computer address was used to gain the personal information of 572 different iCloud accounts and was also used approximately 5,000 times to try to change thousands of iCloud passwords. The FBI is still conducting its investigation into the celebrity hacking scandal.
As Gossip Cop reported last year, a number of celebrities were affected by the massive hack, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kim Kardashian and Kaley Cuoco. The images were initially dumped on 4chan and then spread virally across other social media sites.