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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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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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Monday
Oct172011

Sesame Street YouTube Channel Hacked with Porn

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sesame Street’s YouTube channel was back up Monday after being shut down when hackers took over the site and replaced the videos with porn.

For about 20 minutes Sunday, visitors to the YouTube channel of the popular children’s show saw hardcore porn instead of Elmo and Big Bird.  The channel has nearly 150,000 subscribers, and usually hosts dozens of clips from the PBS program.

But Sunday, the hackers replaced the page’s banner to read, “SESAME STREET: I’TS [sic] WHERE PORN LIVES.” In the profile description, the hackers wrote: “WHO DOESN’T LOVE PORN KIDS? RIGHT! EVERYONE LOVES IT...PLEASE DON’T LET SESAME STREET TO GET THIS ACCOUNT BACK KIDS...WE GONNA MAKE ALL THE AMERICA HAPPY!”

The banner pinned the hacking on two YouTube users, MrEdxwx and MrSuicider91. MrSuicider91 has yet to comment; MrEdxwx posted a video on his own channel stating, “I did not hack Sesame Street. I am an honsest [sic] youtuber. I work hard to make quality gameplay videos and most important I respect the community guidelines.”

It’s unclear how the hacking happened, and no one has come forward to claim responsibility.

After the hacking, the channel was shut down by YouTube due to “repeated or severe violations of our Community Guidelines” which ban explicit material from the website.

Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street, issued an apology after the hacking Sunday, and said in a statement on its YouTube channel: “We apologize for any inconvenience our audience may have experienced yesterday…our channel was temporarily compromised, but we have since restored our original line-up.”

A YouTube spokesperson told ABC News that “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit graphic content. As always, we remove inappropriate material as soon as we are made aware of it.”

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Arrest Made in Johansson Hacking Probe

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A Florida man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hacking into the emails of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other high-wattage stars and leaking private photos of the women to Internet sites.

The FBI, which spearheaded a year-long investigation dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi," identified the man in custody as Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla.

According to an indictment handed up Wednesday, Chaney allegedly victimized at least 50 female celebrities. Many of the victims are identified by their initials, however the indictment lists Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis as victims.

Celebrities who have recently fallen prey to hacking include: Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Vanessa Hudgens, Ali Larter and Miley Cyrus.

According to the website TMZ, at least 50 female celebrities have had their emails and cell phones hacked in the past year.

Chaney allegedly hacked Google, Apple and Yahoo email accounts beginning last November or December, according to the indictment. Using the hacker names "trainreqsuckswhat," "anonygrrl" and "jaxjaguars911." He then commandeered the accounts so a copy of every email received was immediately sent to his own account in a matter of seconds.

Johansson's photos were taken down from several prominent web sites after her lawyer threatened legal action.

The person behind Kunis' cell phone hack leaked four pictures to TMZ. Two show Justin Timberlake looking seductive. In one picture, he's lying shirtless in bed. In another, he jokingly wears a pair of pink panties on his head.

There's another photo of Mila in the bathtub, showing only her head. And one photo shows an unidentified nude man. The hacker has also posted some texts which he claimed are exchanges between Timberlake and Kunis.

Chaney is being charged with 25 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access and unauthorized damage to a protected computer. If convicted on all counts, Chaney faces a maximum of 121 years in prison.

He has been released on a $10,000 bond.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Scarlett Johansson: Invasion of Privacy 'Feels Wrong'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Scarlett Johansson, whose nude pictures of herself were leaked online by hackers earlier this month, says it feels "unjust" when her privacy is invaded.

In an interview with CNN, the actress spoke about her right to privacy, though she didn't specifically address the photo scandal.

Johansson said, "Just because you're in the spotlight or just because you're an actor or making films or whatever doesn't mean that you're not entitled to your own personal privacy."

"I think no matter what the context, if that is besieged in some way, it feels unjust.  It feels wrong," she added.

After the photos were posted on the Internet, Johansson reportedly threatened to sue any website that continued to host the pictures.

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Monday
Sep192011

Alec Baldwin Dropped from Emmys Opening Due to Edited News Corp. Joke

Dario Cantatore/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast on Fox opened with a video in which Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy played the fictional "President of Television." Alec Baldwin originally taped that role, but he was dropped at his request after a joke concerning Fox's parent company, News Corp., was edited out, according to Deadline.com.

The joke in question poked fun at News Corp. honcho Rupert Murdoch and the British phone-hacking scandal that involves his now-defunct tabloid, News of the World. After learning that the joke would be cut, Baldwin asked that he not be included in the segment because, Deadline reports, he thought the edit would negatively affect the quality of the video. Fox tells Deadline it made the decision because it did not want to appear as if it wasn't taking the scandal seriously.

Baldwin referenced the report on his Twitter feed prior to the telecast, writing, "Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little." He has since denied media suggestions that he skipped the Emmys because of the edit, stating that he had a commitment to appear at a Tony Bennett birthday gala in New York.

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Tuesday
Sep062011

Hacker Group Targets Gerard Butler, Miley Cyrus

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A hacker group that previously targeted Julianne Hough, Twilight's Ashley Greene and other celebrities has leaked personal information from two more high-profile stars: Gerard Butler and Miley Cyrus.

Britain's Daily Star reports the group, which calls itself Hollywood Leaks, has hacked Butler's Gmail account and posted his private information online.  It reportedly has also leaked Cyrus' phone number.

The group previously leaked pictures of Hough and nude photos of rapper Kreayshawn, as well as private info from the likes of Greene and Rock of Ages director Adam Shankman.

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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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