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Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities jailed

A man who admitted hacking hundreds of email accounts and stealing explicit photos from several celebrities has been sentenced to six months in US federal prison.

US District Judge John A Kronstadt sentenced Andrew Helton, from Astoria, Oregon, to the prison term and two years of supervised release.

Helton pleaded guilty in March to stealing 161 nude or explicit photos from 13 people, including unidentified celebrities.

Authorities have said they do not believe any of the images he stole were publicly released.

Helton's lawyer said he should not receive a prison sentence because the phishing technique he used was not technologically sophisticated.

Helton said his arrest had forced him to confront his mental health issues and change his life.

Prosecutors said his actions caused significant emotional harm to his victims.