A man who hacked into more than 200 iCloud accounts of Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Lawrence, has been jailed for eight months.

George Garofano was sentenced in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was told he must also serve three years of supervised released and perform 60 hours of community service.

Garofano was one of four men arrested in the 2014 hacking scandal that led to private photos of Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton and others being made public.

Authorities say the hackers used a phishing scheme that sent emails appearing to be from Apple security accounts that asked for usernames and passwords.

Garofano pleaded guilty in April and asked for leniency, saying he faces a lifetime loss of rights because of the felony conviction.

Speaking at the time of the leak, Lawrence told Vanity Fair magazine she believed she had been the victim of a "sex crime".

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"Just because I'm a public figure, just because I'm an actress, does not mean that I asked for this," the Hunger Games star said.

"It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It's my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can't believe that we even live in that kind of world."

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