Arrest Made in Celebrity Nude Hacking Scandal
Florida man charged with 25 counts of identity theft
On October 12, 2011 FBI agents arrested Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida and charged him with hacking into the emails of over 50 people, including Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlet Johansson. Chaney is reported to have hacked into Google, Apple and Yahoo email accounts starting in November 2010 and manipulated the forwarding feature on their email so that a copy of every message was simultaneously sent to an email account which he had control of.
Over the course of a year, Chaney is alleged to have used the internet handles “trainreqsuckswhat,” “anonygirl” and jaxjaguars911” during his email hacking. He’s been charged with 25 counts of unauthorized access and unauthorized damage to protect a computer, as well as identity theft.
The FBI released documents today announcing Chaney’s arrest which resulted from a year long probe dubbed, “Operation Hackerazzi.”
The investigation heated up when nude photos of actress Scarlet Johansson appeared online in September 2011. The photos show the 26 year-old actress wrapped up in a towel taking a photo of her behind, while another shows her partially topless. "The FBI is aware of the alleged hacking incident and is looking into it," the FBI has told Fox News. The pictures of course, have not been verified to be the actress and could very well be photoshopped.
Earlier this year, multiple outlets including Hollywood hounds TMZ reported that up to 50 celebrities were caught up in a hacking scandal that resulted in personal information being stolen, such as phone numbers and suggestive/nude pictures. One of the first actresses who came forward, Vanessa Hudgens, was first targeted via her Google Gmail account, and had already suffered previous unauthorized photo releases in 2007 and 2009. Other celebrities reportedly exposed by the hackers include Ali Larter, Emma Caulfield, Busy Philipps, Renee Olstead, Addison Timlin and Miley Cyrus.