A host of British male celebrities have started panicking after a mass leak of sex tape online. According to the Sun, sources claimed that leaked tapes of A-List celebrities appeared after one of the accounts on Celebrity Busted website was hacked.
The international X-rated website has already published intimate videos of medal-winning Olympic gymnast Louis Smith, 27, “Britain’s Got Talent” 2008 winner George Sampson, 23, and current “Celebrity Big Brother” contestant Calum Best, 35. Other celebrities whose intimate recordings were also compromised include diver Chris Mears, TV show “Coronation Street” star Shayne Ward, ex-contestant of “Strictly Come Dancing” Ben Cohen, “The Only Way Is Essex” star Kirk Norcross and “X Factor” star Sam Callahan.
Emilio Herrera has been named in a search warrant carried out last October
His email and IP address were both named in connection with iCloud hacks
Investigation followed release of hundreds of private photos onto forums
Computers found in the home reveal hundreds more potential victims
A huge celebrity nude leak scandal took the internet by storm last year — now, an unsealed federal search warrant gives us a peek into the FBI’s investigations.
Apparently, the feds used phone records and IP to track one of the computers used to access the celebrities’ compromised accounts in October 2014.
That computer was linked to two email addresses owned by a 30-year-old man named Emilio Herrera. As a result, the FBI conducted a search of Herrera’s home in Chicago and ended up seizing several computers, antiquated phones, memory cards, a Kindle Fire and, curiously, even two floppy disks. Herrera isn’t necessarily a suspect, though: he wasn’t even arrested, and investigation’s still ongoing.
According to the documents, Herrera’s computer and IP address were used to illegally access 572 unique iCloud accountsaround six times each. They were also used in attempts to reset almost 2,000 other iCloud passwords.
The documents state that majority of the accounts accessed from Herrera’s home belong to celebs, models and their families, and that a number of them belong to the victims of the nude leak.
Feds didn’t list those victims’ full names in the docs, but gave their initials as follows: A.S., C.H., H.S., J.M., O.W., A.K., E.B. and A.H. A separate affidavit unearthed by the Chicago Sun-Times details a detective’s interview with another called J.L..
Some of them told the feds they took the photos with their phones and only sent a select few to their significant others, yet all their images still made it online.
A few remember being kicked and locked out of their own accounts for a period of time last year (one even got spooked enough to disable iCloud afterwards), while others recall receiving phishing messages.
You can read the full warrant and affidavit (courtesy of Gawker) right here, if you want to know more about the case.