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Friday
Mar232012

Man Will Plead Guilty to Hacking Celebrities' Emails

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- A Florida man will plead guilty on Monday to hacking the email accounts of Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities.

TMZ.com, citing court documents filed Thursday, reports 35-year-old Christopher Chaney will plead guilty to nine counts, including identity theft, wiretapping and unauthorized access and damage to a protected computer.  He faces up to 60 years in prison, plus three years' probation.

Chaney previously pleaded not guilty to various charges.

Nude photos of Johansson leaked onto the Internet last September.  She told Vanity Fair she shot the pictures and sent them to her then-husband, Ryan Reynolds.

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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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Thursday
Oct132011

'Hackerazzi' Christopher Chaney Due in Florida Court Friday

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Christopher Chaney will be back in Florida court Friday, two days after a federal grand jury indicted him on 26 counts of computer hacking, aggravated identify theft and wiretapping. Among the Hollywood stars Chaney allegedly targeted included Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson.

For nearly a year, Chaney apparently taunted Tinseltown, the FBI says, stealing not just movie scripts and financial information, but the private conversations and personal pictures of Hollywood A-listers.

Authorities say Chaney used deductive reasoning, studying the details of the stars' lives printed in magazines and posted online to guess their email passwords. Once inside their accounts, he stole their address books, went on the hunt for embarrassing photos, then he rigged the accounts so that their emails were automatically forwarded to him

He faces 121 years in prison if convicted on all counts of computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and wiretapping. Cheney is currently out of jail on $10,000 bail.

"These people are quite frankly scum and we need to get the message out there that we are going to take this seriously," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr., said at a news conference Wednesday.

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