Midstate man gets prison in celebrity hacking case

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 28, 2016 9:19 AM

Kate Upton arrives at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Harrisburg) -- A midstate man will spend 18 months in federal prison for hacking into the email and online accounts of several female celebrities and stealing private information, including nude photos and videos. 

Thirty-six-year-old Ryan Collins of Lancaster has been sentenced by a federal judge.  

Prosecutors say he gained access to more than 100 Google and Apple accounts from November 2012 to September 2014.

Many of those accounts belonged to famous women. 

He pleaded guilty in May to one count of gaining unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information. 

Collins used a scheme called phishing in which he was able to get victims to provide information about their accounts in response to emails that appeared to come directly from Apple and Google.

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