Chigaco born Edward Majerczyk, 29, has been sentenced to nine months in prison after stealing private information, nude photographs and videos from more than 30 celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.
He has also been ordered to pay $5,700 towards the counselling costs for one unnamed celebrity whose personal photos were leaked online.
According to his plea agreement, Edward obtained access to more than 300 email and online accounts using a phishing scheme and victims were duped into entering their usernames and passwords after receiving emails that appeared to come from their internet service provider.
He pleaded guilty at a Los Angeles court last year to one count of unauthorised access to a protected computer to obtain information.
Majerczyk’s attorney said he was, “suffering from depression and looked to pornography websites and internet chat rooms in an attempt to fill some of the voids and disappointment he was feeling in his life.”
The Guardian reports that Majerczyk’s attorney described his client as “deeply affected” by the repercussions of the scandal and was experiencing both panic attacks and anxiety, something his victims can “deeply relate to”.
Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence was amongst a number of celebrities who were targeted in the widespread hack. Kate Upton and her boyfriend, Amber Heard and Cara Delevingne were also targeted.
In a revealing with Vanity Fair, Jennifer described the event as a “sex crime” and spoke at length at how angry she felt about being targeted.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she said.
“It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”
By Hannah Mellin