Christopher Chaney will serve time for hacking the accounts of dozens of celebrities.
By Kara Warner (@karawarner)
Upon hearing evidence that accused hacker Christopher Chaney intruded into the lives of dozens of celebrities and leaked naked photos of them online, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced the Florida native to 10 years in prison and also ordered him to pay $66,179 in restitution, the L.A. Times reports.
Chaney was arrested one month after the nude photos of Johansson hit the Internet. He pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping for the unauthorized access of email accounts belonging to 50 people in the entertainment industry, including Christina Aguilera, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
Chaney’s illegal acts were discovered during an investigation by the FBI, and it was reported that Chaney gained access to celebrities’ passwords via careful monitoring of their activity on social media sites and then using public sources to scout the data he was looking for. He would then use personal contact lists of the email addresses to which he gained access to find email addresses of other celebrities, which further increased the number of celeb victims. Chaney also allegedly had emails automatically forwarded to him so he could continue to receive victims’ emails if the account holders changed their passwords. Johansson told CNN that while you have to deal with a loss of some privacy as a public figure, there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed.
“Just because you’re an actor or make films or whatever doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy,” she said. “If that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong.
“It’s an adjustment,” she continued. “But I think there are certain instances where you give a lot of yourself and finally you have to kind of put your foot down and say ‘Oh wait, I’m taking it back.’