“Celebgate” Hacker Captured?

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

The FBI may have caught the hacker who heavily leaked nude photos of celebrities. Agents have been investigating to find the hacker and their investigation led them to a 30 year old man named Emilio Herrera. Herrera lived in a single family house on South Washtenaw Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. His house is owned by Jesus Herrera, who also resided there. Two others, Carmen Herrera and Martin Herrera, were also believed to live there. The FBI didn’t identify actresses by name, but based on the initials cited on reports  “A.S., C.H., H.S., J.M., O.W., A.K., E.B., and A. H”, could be interpreted that the victims were Abigail Spencer, Christina Hendricks, Hope Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Emily Browning, Amber Heard, and many more.

According to a FBI agent, an IP address traced to Herrera’s house “was used to access approximately 572 unique iCloud accounts” between May 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014. “In total, the unique iCloud accounts were accessed 3,263 times,” the document said. Other accounts accessed from Herrera’s home “were accounts of celebrities, models or their friends and families,” the FBI said. According to the FBI, some of the actresses involved remembered getting locked out of their accounts before the leaks started. They followed instructions to reset their passwords, leading the FBI to conclude the hackers gained access by sending “phishing” emails that tricked their targets into giving up their personal information.It seems all signs lead to Herrera, but the FBI haven’t made any arrests and haven’t concluded this investigation.

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