Phishing proved to be the key to celebrity hacking
A simple Phishing email appears to be all that was behind the celebrity hacking scandal, dubbed as Celebgate by the media.
“[The] defendant used numerous fraudulent email addresses designed to look like legitimate security accounts from various internet service providers, including, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org,” said court filings.
The charged man, Ryan Collins, has agreed to plead guilty according to the Department Of Justice ” In the plea agreement also filed today, Collins agreed to plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information.”
The release from the department of Justice also points out “The charge against Collins stems from the investigation into the leaks of photographs of numerous female celebrities in September 2014 known as “Celebgate.” However, investigators have not uncovered any evidence linking Collins to the actual leaks or that Collins shared or uploaded the information he obtained.”
So one of the interesting things about this case is that although they were able to track down the Phishing perpetrator in this case they couldn’t also trace him down as the person who actually leaked any of the information he stole.
Perhaps the Hollywood Celebs could do with some quick Phishing Training.