Fourth hacker behind Jennifer Lawrence nude leak sent to prison

Jennifer Lawrence.
Jennifer Lawrence. Photo credit: Getty

The fourth hacker behind the leak of Jennifer Lawrence's nudes has been sentenced to eight months in jail. 

George Garofano, 26, illegally hacked the private Apple iCloud and Gmail accounts of 240 people in 2014, including Hollywood stars.

He then released their nude photos and other private information across the internet. 

Amongst the hundreds of people whose photos were leaked were A-listers Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst.

When the leak surfaced on the internet, Lawrence said she considered it the same as a sex crime and asked for tougher laws.

In April, Garofan pleaded guilty to the offence and admitted he pretended to be a member of Apple's online security team in order to gain access to their passwords and usernames.

Originally he was facing 10 to 16 months in prison, but pleaded for leniency and no more than five months in prison. On Wednesday (US time) he was sentenced to eight months in jail.

The prosecution said he acted in a way that had little to no regard for the impact on the lives of the victims, according to The Guardian.

"Not only did Mr Garofano keep for himself the photographs he stole, he disseminated them to other individuals. He may have also sold them to others to earn 'extra income'," the prosecution wrote in the sentencing notes. 

The other three hackers have been sentenced to between nine and 18 months behind bars.