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Friday
Jul272012

Russell Brand Gets Community Service, Fine in Phone Tossing Case

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Russell Brand will not be going to jail for tossing a photographer’s iPhone through the window of a building in New Orleans on March 12.  

An attorney representing Brand entered a not guilty plea Thursday on the actor's behalf to one count of misdemeanor criminal damage to property, but then worked out a deal with prosecutors that calls for the star to perform 20 hours of community service and pay $500 in court fees.  

The charge will be dismissed if Katy Perry's ex completes his community service by Aug. 31.

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Friday
Feb242012

Chris Brown Accused of Snatching Fan’s iPhone

Chris Polk/FilmMagic(MIAMI) -- Chris Brown is facing a robbery accusation after Miami Beach police say he angrily snatched a fan’s iPhone then drove off with the device.

According to local news accounts, a police report indicates that Brown and Rack City rapper Tyga were leaving the Cameo nightclub earlier this week when a fan followed Brown outside to his black Bentley.  The fan -- Shanae Spann -- pulled out her iPhone to snap a picture of Brown sitting in the car.  That reportedly ticked him off, Shanae tells police, explaining that the singer reached through his open car window and snatched the phone from her hands.  According to the report, Brown told the woman, “B***h, you ain’t going to put that on no website.”  Brown then reportedly rolled up his window and drove away with the iPhone.

Brown has had a history of losing his temper. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna.

His rep did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Friday
Mar182011

Female Celebrities Hacked; Some Had Nude Photos

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) -- FBI agents are reportedly closing in on a ring of hackers thought to be responsible for stealing nude photos and videos from at least 50 female celebrities.

According to TMZ.com, the ring broke into the accounts of stars' cell phones and other computerized devices to obtain the compromising photos and videos. Among the celebrities reportedly hacked: Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Hudgens, Scarlett Johansson, Ali Larter, and Miley Cyrus.

TMZ reported that Hudgens met with FBI agents on Thursday to discuss the hacking of her Gmail account. The FBI declined ABC News’ requests for comment; representatives for Hudgens did not immediately respond.

Some blogs have connected the purported hacking ring to Josh Holly, whose Tennessee home was raided by the FBI in 2008 after they connected the then-19-year-old hacker to provocative photos of Cyrus. Before his personal computer was seized, Holly bragged about his celebrity hacking skills in online forums and on blogs. Holly was not charged in connection with the 2008 incident, but was arrested in January on unrelated charges involving hacked credit card numbers.

"A lot of the necessary information is not very difficult to obtain," said Beth Jones, a senior threat researcher at the Internet security company Sophos. "With Twitter or with celebrities' personal websites, you can figure out what their e-mail accounts are, especially Web-based e-mail accounts."

When it comes to phones, hackers don't need the device itself to break into its information bank.

"A lot of times, people don't change the PIN [personal identification number] on their phone, it's the default," Jones said. "It's the way of locking your phone down so no one can access it. But if the hacker has your cell phone number, they can go to the 'my account' function on your phone's website and try accessing your texts and information by putting in the default PIN."

Often, the star in question won't know their phone or email has been hacked until the formerly-private photos end up spread all over the Internet.

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