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Florida Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Hacking Celebrities’ Email Accounts for Nude Photos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who hacked into the email accounts of celebrities for nude photos and private information was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a federal judge, Reuters reports.

Christopher Chaney, 36, a former office clerk, said he hacked into the accounts because of an addiction to spying on more than 50 celebrities, who include Scarlett Johansson, actress Mila Kunis, and singers Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead.

Chaney pleaded guilty to nine felony counts, including wiretapping and unauthorized access to protected computers, for spying on the celebrities from November 2010 to October 2011, Reuters reported.

“I don’t know what else to say except I’m sorry,” Chaney said during his sentencing. “This will never happen again.”

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Florida Man Arrested in Celebrity Hacking Case

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Though he may be a hero to some the world over, a Florida resident was arrested Wednesday for hacking the computers and releasing information from Hollywood celebrities, including the infamous nude photos of actress Scarlett Johansson.

The FBI said Wednesday that it had arrested Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla. without incident in the morning on a host of cyber-related charges.

The investigation, dubbed Hackerazzi, began late in 2010, long before the Johansson shots made news.

“While the case against Mr. Chaney involves celebrities who were targeted because of their fame, this case reminds us that we are all potential victims of computer hackers,” said LA U.S. Attorney André Birotte Jr. in a statement.

The indictment alleges that Chaney accessed the computers, e-mail accounts and account settings of several victims, beginning November 13, 2010, through February 10, 2011.

The indictment further alleges Chaney also used the identities of some of the victims to illegally access and control computers, and in other instances, “intercepted and endeavored to intercept wire communications; specifically, e-mails and attachments.”

In most cases, Chaney accessed the administrative settings on the victims’ accounts so that all of their e-mails would automatically be forwarded to a separate e-mail account Chaney controlled, authorities said. This form of wiretapping, authorities said, allowed Chaney to continually receive victims’ e-mails even after a password had been reset.

Investigators determined that Chaney distributed some of the files he obtained illegally, including photos of celebrities, and offered them to various celebrity blog sites. Some of the illegally obtained files, including private photographs, were ultimately posted online.

“As we highlight cyber awareness during the month of October, it’s important to remember that, although these victims appear to have been targeted based on their celebrity, similar methods may be used to illegally access any one of our computers,” said Steven Martinez, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. “Strict computer security should be practiced when using smart phones, laptops, desktops, iPads, or any other device that provides Internet access.”

FBI Investigating Hacker Attack on Celebrities; Nude Photos of Scarlett Johansson Stolen

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A scandal in Hollywood is brewing — and this time it doesn’t involve some affair, but rather a hacker.

The Associated Press and Fox News reported that the FBI is investigating a series of computer hacking attacks on celebrities including Scarlett Johansson. Personal information and other materials were stolen.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller in Los Angeles said dozens of celebrities had been targeted, according to AP.

Fox News reports the FBI is looking into stolen nude photos that Johansson likely took of herself on her cell phone.

The photos surfaced on the website of Buzz Feed.