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Wednesday
Nov022011

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Hacking Celebrities' Email Accounts

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Florida man charged last month with hacking into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities has pleaded not guilty.

Christopher Chaney, 35, entered the plea Tuesday in a California court to 26 total counts of identity theft, unauthorized access to a protected computer and wiretapping, according to E! News.

Chaney's bond was increased from $10,000 to $110,000.  He was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.

Chaney's alleged victims included Kunis, Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Demi Lovato, Vanessa Hudgens, and Johansson, the latter of whom was featured in nude photos that were leaked online in September.

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Sunday
Oct302011

Celebrity Hack Suspect Allegedly Stalked Woman for 12 Years

Kevin Mazur/WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man accused of hacking the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera is also reportedly suspected of stalking another woman—apparently not a celebrity—for 12 years.

An unsealed search warrant in the case against Christopher Chaney, 35, said a Connecticut woman told police that the suspect had been chatting with her online since she was 13 years old.

Chaney has admitted to hacking into the email accounts of A-list celebrities including Kunis and Johansson, describing it as a fascination with celebrities turned into an addiction that snowballed out of control.

“It started as curiosity and it turned into just being addicted to seeing behind-the-scenes of what was going on with these people you see on the big screen every day,” Chaney told CBS News’ Jacksonville affiliate WTEV in an exclusive interview. “I was almost relieved months ago when they came and took the computer and told me what was going on because I didn’t know how to stop doing it myself.”

Chaney was arrested and charged in early October with 26 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access and unauthorized damage to a protected computer. His arrest came after a year-long FBI investigation named “Operation Hackerazzi.”

Chaney allegedly hacked into Yahoo, Apple and Google email accounts of at least 50 celebrities, obtaining personal information and photos that he leaked to other Internet sites.

A calm and apologetic Chaney told WTEV that he plans on pleading guilty. He added that he never intended to sell images or use information for blackmail, but when he realized what he could do with his computer skills, he couldn’t resist.

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