Prosecutors Seek Six-Year Sentence for Celebrity Hacker
Christopher Chaney faces a possible 71-month prison sentence and payments of more than $150,000.
Federal prosecutors are seeking a 71-month prison sentence and more than $150,000 in compensation from a hacker who accessed several celebrities' e-mail accounts, including those of Scarlett Johansson and Renee Olstead.
"Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., who pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to nine counts of computer hacking, for two years hacked almost daily into email accounts of 50 people in the entertainment industry," writes The Los Angeles Times' Richard Winton. "Prosecutors in a sentencing memorandum say Chaney took naked images of Christina Aguilera from her stylist's email account, actress Renee Olstead's from her email stream and Johansson's from emails she sent to her then husband Ryan Reynolds. Chaney forwarded them to another hacker and two celebrity websites, who made them public. They remain in wide circulation. Some of the photos showed a nude Johansson."
"The 35-year-old also admitted to being privy to information about male stars who were hiding the fact they were gay for the sake of their careers," writes Mail Online's James Nye. "Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts between November 2010 and October 2011."
"Chaney’s technique involved setting up automated forwarding details on the accounts once he gained initial access, which allowed him to continue to receive the celeb’s private emails and those oh-so-tempting image attachments directly to his account even if they changed their login passwords," writes Gizmodo's Gary Cutlack.
"Prosecutors are calling for judges to jail Chaney for six years (71 months) and for him to pay more than $150,000 in restitution, celeb news site TMZ reports," writes The Register's John Leyden. "Specifically, Chaney ought to pay $66,000 to Scarlett Johansson, $77,000 to actress and singer Renee Olstead and $7,500 to Christina Aguilera for the publication of semi-nude snaps, allegedly grabbed from her personal stylist's account."