A new document shows that the FBI raided a Chicago man’s house and seized several of his computers in October as part of an investigation into last September’s huge leak of nude celebrity photos, dubbed “The Fappening.”
A recently unsealed federal document shows that the FBI searched the house of Emilio Herrera, a Chicago resident, because “one or more computers used at [Herrera’s house] access or attempted to access without authorization multiple celebrities’ e-mail and iCloud accounts over the course of several months.”
The document, posted by Gawker on Tuesday, states that Herrera’s IP address was used to hack into almost 600 iCloud accounts. (RELATED: Kate Upton Speaks Out About Leaked Nude Photos)
“In total, the unique iCloud accounts were accessed 3,263 times.”
The document notes that “a number” of those accounts belong to celebrities, and that “the majority of the other accounts accessed from [Herrera’s home] were accounts of celebrities, models or their friends and families.” (PHOTOS: Nude Photos Of Charlotte McKinney Allegedly Released In Huge Leak)
The hack was reportedly done through phishing emails, which ask the user to provide login information, and the document shows Herrara worked for over a year, between May 31, 2013 and Aug. 31, 2014, to gain access to the thousands of photos. (PHOTOS: Nude Photos Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton Released In Huge Leak)
In September, a significant amount of nude and racy photos alleging to be of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Ariana Grande, and other celebrities leaked online.