Hollywood hacker who leaked nude Scarlett Johansson photos jailed for ten years
Tuesday 18 December 2012
A man who hacked the email accounts of the actress Scarlett
Johansson before sending nude photos of the star to gossip websites
has been jailed for 10 years.
Christopher Chaney, of Jacksonville, Florida, accessed the personal accounts of more than 50 celebrities.
Nude pictures of Johansson, 29, intended for her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds were subsequently published on the internet.
The 35-year-old admitted wiretapping and unauthorised access to a computer. He was jailed by US District Judge S James Otero yesterday. Judge Otero said: "These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking."
Prosecutors alleged that Chaney illegally hacked the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.
His named victims include singer Christina Aguilera and actresses Mila Kunis and Johansson - who went public in the hope that publicity around the case would provide awareness about online intrusion.
Others are said to include Jessica Alba and actress and singer Vanessa Hudgens, naked pictures of whom were also released online last year after being stolen from her Gmail account.
Chaney’s arrest by the FBI last August was part of a year-long investigation that has been dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi".
The investigation began in late 2010 as reports began to surface of celebrities' mobile phones and computers being hacked into.
filmIn Black Seahe is as audiences have never seen him before
MusicThe band accidentally called Londoners the C-word
Film 'I've never been comfortable on-screen', she says
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 3 'You should come to my house and eat cheeses with me': 4-year-old sends adorable love letter to girl at school
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
- 5 Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
I'm A Celebrity 2014: Jungle security stepped up after murder and 'suspicious death' close to camp
Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer: What we know about JJ Abrams' film
Exodus Gods and Kings casting controversy: Ridley Scott would never cast 'Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such' in lead role
Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'