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Man Charged With Hacking Celebrity Email, iCloud Accounts

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    Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. A man has been charged in a celebrity hacking scheme that resulted in leaked nude photos from celebrities, including Lawrence.

    A Pennsylvania man has been charged in the hacking of Apple and Google accounts belonging to more than 100 people, many of them celebrities, officials said on Tuesday.

    Police began probing an apparent iCloud hack that resulted in leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, mostly women, in September of 2014, NBC News reports.

    Between November 2012 and September 2014, Ryan Collins, 36, sent fake emails that purported to be from Apple or Google and got victims to unknowingly hand over their user names and passwords, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California said.

    He then used that information to get into their email accounts, swiping nude photos in some instances, and sometimes downloading full backups from Apple's iCloud, prosecutors said in a charging document filed Tuesday.