Prison For Hacker Who Stole Scripts And Nudes From Celebs

Last December, Alonzo Knowles struck a deal to sell some 19 scripts he had “acquired” to make a fast $75,000. His buyer turned out to be an undercover agent, and he’s now looking at five years in prison.

Last December, Alonzo Knowles struck a deal to sell some 19 scripts he had “acquired” to make a fast $75,000. His buyer turned out to be an undercover agent, and he’s now looking at five years in prison.


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Image: Pexels

The 24-year-old Knowles, a resident of the Bahamas, reportedly compromised email accounts and computers belonging to at least 130 different celebrities and their friends.

A laptop that was confiscated and later destroyed by investigators contained the spoils of his efforts. Agents discovered folder after folder containing stolen data: Social Security numbers, private, explicit images, scripts for unreleased television shows and movies, and even contract documents.

Knowles researched his victims carefully and used phishing attacks to gain access. He would alter password recovery questions and disable notifications to maintain access and keep his activities quiet.

Court documents didn’t name any of the victims, but one came forward to help the prosecution with its case: Naturi Naughton, who plays one of the main characters on Starz’ hit drama Power.

Among the scripts that Knowles is known to have stolen were the first six episodes of the then-unaired second season of Power. In a statement, Naughton said that Knowles attempted to extort her, showrunner Courtney Kemp, and producer Curtis Jackson, better known as rapper 50 Cent.

Prosecutors said that Knowles had a “singular focus on becoming rich and famous,” and that he planned to achieve his goals by exploiting celebrities and, in his own words, “[shaking] up Hollywood for real!”

Knowles researched his victims carefully and used phishing attacks to gain access. He would alter password recovery questions and disable notifications to maintain access and keep his activities quiet.

The five-year sentence handed down by Federal Judge Paul A. Englemayer is actually double what’s laid out in sentencing guidelines. Knowles’s decision to use a monitored prison email system to send out a message detailing his plans to profit from his crimes after his release factored heavily.

In a similar — and much higher-profile case — CelebGate hacker Ryan Collins received an 18-month sentence for hacking into at least 100 iCloud accounts belonging to celebrities.

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