Celebrity Nude Photo Hacker Gets 10 Years in Jail
Christopher Chaney was also ordered to pay $66,719 in restitution.
Hacker Christopher Chaney, who leaked nude photos stolen from celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $66,179 in restitution.
"Before the sentencing, a few of the celebrities involved came out with statments," writes Gizmodo's Eric Limer. "Johansson made a tearful videotaped appeal to the court, and Aguilera said 'That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy.'"
"Despite the prosecution only having called for a six-year sentence, Chaney was given ten," writes TG Daily's Emma Woollacott. "On release, he'll also serve three years of surpervised probation, with monitoring of his digital accounts."
"Chaney pleaded guilty to nine offences, including illegal wire-tapping and unauthorised access to computers," The H Security reports. "In his guilty plea, Chaney admitted to having repeatedly hacked email accounts over a period of at least eleven months."
"The astonishing thing about the case is that Chaney admitted that he hacked into the email accounts of his victims by simply clicking on the 'forgot password' feature," writes The Inquirer's Lee Bell. "All he had to do then was answer a few security questions by using information that was already in the public domain."
"Chaney was arrested after an FBI investigation dubbed 'Operation Hackerazzi' in October 2011," writes The Register's Brid-Aine Parnell. "After his arrest, he told a Florida television station that he had started hacking into celebrity email accounts out of curiosity and then became 'addicted.'"