A hacker by the name of Christopher Chaney stole hundreds of private photos of Hollywood female celebrities, and will be spending the next 10 years of his life behind bars for his crime. Chaney was taken down in an FBI sting nick-named, "Operation Hackerazzi".
The 36-year-old Florida man was charged with 28 counts of hacking and obtaining private images and texts of celebrities, which included that of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and pop-rocker, Christina Aguilera and many others.
Before Chaney was sentenced, Hollywood starlet Scarlett Johansson had a pre-recorded video testimony sent to the court in regards to her private images being stolen. “I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed,” Johansson said while crying in the video, “I find Christopher Chaney's actions to be perverted and reprehensible."
Christina Aguilera also sent a video the court saying that her previous feeling of security couldn’t be restored no matter what was done. “…There is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy,” said Aguilera.
Another actress by the name of Renee Olstead appeared live in court. Olstead stated that when her photographs appeared on the Internet, it drove her to deep thoughts of suicide. She was astounded that a person could lose all they had acquired simply by the actions of a total stranger.
In all, Chaney was uncovered to have hacked into the lives of at least 50 celebrities that included the likes of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Demi Lovato. He said that he broke into the accounts by simply resetting their passwords by answering security questions that he knew about the stars such as their birth date or mother’s maiden name. He further testified that his hacking into thee private accounts of the stars became an addiction and that he was ‘relieved’ when police finally busted him. “I was almost relieved months ago when they came in and took my computer,” said Chaney. “…Because I didn't know how to stop.” He further added that he didn’t make any monetary gain from the celebrity photographs, and he simply tossed them around on the Internet in forums and gossip sites.
Chaney was convicted by U.S. District Judge S. James Otero and will spend up to 10 years in prison in addition to a $67,000 fine.