back to article Celebgate latest: Fourth dirtbag 'fesses up to pillaging iCloud for stars' X-rated selfies

A fourth man has admitted stealing Hollywood stars' private nude photos that eventually leaked online in what became known as Celebgate. George Garofano, 26, of Northford, Connecticut, USA, pleaded guilty this week to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. The FBI reckons Garofano …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Known as Celebgate?

    I think you mean "The Fappening".

    1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Known as Celebgate?

      Call it what you want. Free country.

      C.

      1. dave 81

        Re: Known as Celebgate?

        > Call it what you want. Free country.

        Yes, but as a factual organisation, you should really know that generally it's is not known as the sterile "celebgate" name, but as "The Fappening" from slashdot to reddit to the piratebay.

        1. Jonathan Schwatrz
          Alert

          Re: dave 81 Re: Known as Celebgate?

          "Yes, but as a factual organisation, you should really know that generally it's is not known as the sterile "celebgate" name, but as "The Fappening" from slashdot to reddit to the piratebay." Yeah, plus "the Fappening" not just sounds better but is in keeping with El Reg's traditional "one-of-the-lads" tone. Hate to think El Reg was going PC......

          1. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

            Re: Hate to think El Reg was going PC......

            Eh, I dunno. We called it The Fappening in the past, and it just seemed the name had morphed to Celebgate.

            And I'm all about a writing style that's like your mate at the local boozer. Just not so sure about playing into the hands of a bunch of 4chan degenerates jerking off over people's stolen private images, so to speak.

            C.

      2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
        Paris Hilton

        Re: Known as Celebgate?

        Appending -gate to anything under the sun is just dumb though.

        "Watergate" was a hotel and the story around it has clear politicial connotations and the smell of corruption in high spheres. No political connection anywhere here, just the usual low-brow smash-and-grabbing.

        Would anyone call an event whereby dumb brownshirts smash up H&R stores under the name of anti-racism "H&R-gate"? Well, maybe. It is 2018.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "He faces a maximum of five years behind bars "

    Sounds like publishing nude pics without authorization is suddenly a lot less fun.

    Good.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "He faces a maximum of five years behind bars "

      He could have waited. Nude pics are now published with authorization.

      You can have a look at JL next flick: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2873282/

      Racist(*) Slasher Soft Porn. Snapdragon (1993) redone for the 21st century with s/Chinese/Russians/g.

      Isn't this a lovely casting for the "USA Teenage Idol". Makes you wonder under which bridge they found the director and the screenwriter for that. But c'est la vie, enemy has to be vilified by all means necessary.

      (*)I want to see exactly how long it will take before a Hollywood director is lynch-mobbed if he does the same movie with s/Russian/Israeli/g or s/Russian/South African/g for example. But, Racist Slasher Soft Porn with Russians in the main role, that's grand.

      1. Jonathan Schwatrz
        Stop

        Re: AC Re: "He faces a maximum of five years behind bars "

        "....enemy has to be vilified by all means necessary....." Are you trying to pretend that "honey pots" aren't a specialty of the KGB and FSB? Clayton Lonetree might want to disagree. One of the reasons the CIA found it better to offer freedom and asylum whilst the KGB used honey pots was because Russia was and still is - as Trump would put it - a sh*thole no-one in their right mind would want to "escape" to.

      2. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

        Re: "He faces a maximum of five years behind bars "

        Russians did Brexit, Trump, Catalonia, Ukraine, NATO hysteria, Syrian Gas Attacks and Merkel's haemorroids. It's only fair.

  3. MJI Silver badge

    Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

    Seems stupid to me

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

      Because they don't know that is what is happening. It's "magic" how when the iPhone breaks a new one automatically gets rebuilt once the account details are entered, or that they can access the same data on their iPad or iMac etc.

      It never crosses their minds to wonder how all that happens.

    2. Jonathan Schwatrz
      Facepalm

      Re: MJI Re: Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

      It seems many Apple users still remain completely oblivious of the fact that their Apple devices send <b<everything</b> to Apple.

    3. katrinab Silver badge

      Re: Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

      Because iCloud automatically backs up any photos you take on your phone.

      1. Prst. V.Jeltz Silver badge
        Headmaster

        Re: Why are people storing naked piccies on the internet?

        < b >

    4. Sceptic Tank
      Coat

      This happened to me once

      In my iPhone days I took a picture of a plant at my local nursery. Next thing I know that phone is making daily backups to Apple of 'em crappy pics and decimating my monthly bandwidth allowance.

      (Laugh all you want but I live in a backward country where we pay the mobile tsotsi's, er.., operators through the nose for a very modest amount of monthly mobile hinternet access).

  4. Craigie Bronze badge

    Crapple backups

    Funny how none of the pics so far have come from Google photos.

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