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Thursday 27 April 2017

Man faces sentencing in celebrity hacking case

Jennifer Lawrence was one of the most high-profile victims
Jennifer Lawrence was one of the most high-profile victims

An Illinois man accused of hacking into the electronic accounts of 30 celebrities and stealing private information, including nude videos and photos, is due to be sentenced.

Edward Majerczyk, 29, is set to appear in Chicago federal court, having pleaded guilty to felony computer hacking in a Los Angeles court last year.

He was accused of orchestrating a phishing scheme that illegally accessed more than 300 email and other online accounts, including those belonging to the actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Majerczyk signed a plea agreement for his case to be transferred to Chicago, with both sides agreeing that he should receive a nine-month prison term.

Federal agents have said Lawrence broke down and became distraught during a 2014 meeting about nude photos of her which appeared online.

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