Man admits hacking to celebrities and stealing scripts
A Bahamian man pleaded guilty to hacking into celebrities’ email accounts to steal unreleased movie and TV scripts, a crime that prosecutors say could have caused great harm to networks and movie studios if he had succeeded in selling them for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Alonzo Knowles, 24, entered the plea in federal court to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft charges, bringing a speedy conclusion to a case that resulted in his December arrest in Manhattan.
Prosecutors say he was peddling personal information from at least 130 celebrities in the entertainment, sports and media industries and claimed he also could sell private sexually explicit photographs and videos.
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