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CALIFORNIA, U.S. – Merely weeks after Celebgate hacker Ryan Collins pleaded guilty to illegally breaking into celebrity accounts – a second hacker has now come to the fore, accepting accusations.
The second hacker, identified as Edward Majercyk has admitted to the U.S. District Court of California that he not only hacked into celebrity accounts but also leaked their private photos.
Majercyk admitted that he procuring the account usernames and passwords of female celebrities and released sensitive information.
The 28-year-old resident of Chicago and Orland Park, Illinois, gained access to the victims’ usernames and passwords by sending them emails that appeared to be from security accounts of internet service providers. The emails would then direct the victims to a website that would procure the security essentials required to hack into the accounts.
Sensitive and private information along with personal photos of female celebrities was then leaked on the Internet and received attention from many viewers and invaded the privacy of many celebrities.
In a plea agreement entered in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Majercyk admitted that between November 23, 2013 through August 2014, he had engaged in illegal hacking activities to obtain usernames and passwords from his victims.
The new development comes five weeks after Celebgate hacker Ryan Collins pleaded guilty to hacking email accounts of numerous female stars.
The 36-year-old resident of Lancaster, Pennsylvania signed a plea agreement in March that claimed that he had sent out emails to his victims to break into their personal accounts. He reportedly had targeted celebrities that appeared to have Apple or Google accounts, from November 2012 until the beginning of September 2014.
Collins accessed at least 50 iCloud accounts and 72 Gmail accounts and his victims included stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.
Officials said that Majerczyk had accessed at least 300 Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts, and at least 30 accounts belonging to members of the acting fraternity.
Although, both cases are not related, reports pointed out that the two were caught by the FBI in the same celeb hackers investigation and that there appeared to be no reference in the Department of Justice statement suggesting any collaboration between both the hackers.
U.S. Attorney Eileen Decker reportedly commented, “Hacking of online accounts to steal personal information is not merely an intrusion of an individual’s privacy but is a serious violation of federal law.”