Incident for Christopher Brannan 2019-02-02

First Name Christopher
Other Name
Last Name Brannan
DOB Unknown
Age 31
Gender male
Location US
Information According to court documents, Christopher Brannan, 31, intentionally accessed without authorization Internet and email accounts, including Apple iCloud, Yahoo!, and Facebook accounts, and obtained complete iCloud backups, photographs, and other private information belonging to more than 200 victims, including both celebrities and non-celebrities. Brannan hacked email accounts by answering security questions that he could easily research by reviewing victims’ Facebook accounts. Brannan also gained access to victims’ accounts by using phishing email accounts designed to look like legitimate security accounts from Apple. Because of the victims’ belief that the email had come from Apple, the victims would provide their usernames and passwords. Brannan would then access the victims’ email accounts, and search for personal information such as sensitive and private photographs and videos, including nude photographs. Authorities identified Brannan as a suspect during a California-based FBI investigation into hacked iCloud accounts commonly known as “Celebgate.”
Pending Outcome No
Damages Costs Unknown
Date Of Crime 2014-01-01
Occupation teacher
Crime(s) Phishing
Charge(s) Aggravated identity theft Unauthorized access to a protected computer
Authorities FBI
Authorities Statement view
Prosecutors G. Zachary Terwilliger
Judges Henry E. Hudson
Sentenced Yes
Sentenced Date 2019-02-01
Sentenced Information
Sentenced Jail Yes
Sentenced Months 30