Washington (CNN)FBI agents stormed a home in Chicago last fall and seized several computers, cell phones and storage drives in connection with the investigation into the hacking and leaking of dozens of celebrities' private nude photos, according to a warrant unsealed this week.
The FBI tracked the source of the celebrity hacking to an IP address linked to Emilio Herrera, who was the target of the federal warrant that was carried out Oct. 16, just over one month after photos of celebrities such as Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence were posted online. It quickly became clear that the celebrities' iCloud accounts had been compromised, and Apple had begun looking into the incident.
FBI agents seized two desktop computers, a laptop, two cell phones, a Kindle Fire, an MP3 player, two micro-SD cards and two floppy disks.
The FBI's Cybercrimes Unit in Los Angeles is carrying out the investigation.
Herrera is 30 and lives with his parents at the Chicago home that was searched by federal investigators in October, according to public records. Several calls to a phone number associated with that address went unanswered Wednesday.
Not masking his real IP address was really unthoughtful of him. Maybe, as suggested, he wanted to try to somehow benefit from these photos. A regular person may not necessarily know how to protect themselves against being detected; however, these 3k+ attempts to access other accounts speak for themselves: he could take his time doing research on how to be anonymous instead.
I'm also wondering what drove these celebrities to commit to the idiotic act of storing compromising data online.