Hollywood hacker honed his skills for years

Dec 17, 2012 by Greg Risling
In this Nov. 1, 2011 file photo, Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012. Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

A Florida man is scheduled to be sentenced Monday for hacking into email accounts belonging to Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson.

Christopher Chaney pleaded guilty in March to nine counts, including charges of unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. He was arrested last year as part of a yearlong investigation dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi."

Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry.

Nude photos Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the Internet. "The Avengers" star said the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, now her ex-husband.

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gwrede
not rated yet Dec 17, 2012
Impersonating somebody else on the Internet should give you a much harder sentence than hacking into someone's account to steal a picture of their beaver.

You should learn not to put sensitive things on your computer anyway. Both crooks and the government can and will use anything you have stored. And the odd horny hacker, too.

But identity theft can leave you severely damaged for life! There is no way to restore your reputation or credit data in its entirety, even if they haven't emptied your bank accounts and sold your house.