A Florida man who was caught in the FBI’s “Operation Hackerazzi” after hacking into celebrities’ e-mail accounts has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, CNN reports.
“Christopher Chaney, 36, stole nude photos, scripts and personal information from the e-mail accounts of 50 entertainment industry figures,” the piece reports, “including movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis and singer Christina Aguilera, prosecutors said.
“The FBI’s Los Angeles office busted Chaney last year during its ‘Operation Hackerazzi,’ which looked into computer intrusions targeting individuals associated with the entertainment industry.”
Chaney was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles to 120 months in prison and ordered to pay $66,179 in restitution. He pleaded guilty perviously to wiretapping charges, the report notes, and has been in custody since March.
The piece adds: “Without a plea deal, he could have faced 121 years in prison if convicted on all 26 charges, the U.S. attorney said.”
Said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.: "Mr. Chaney is responsible for causing dozens of illegally obtained, private photographs to be posted on the Internet, where they were available for all to see. This case is a sobering reminder that cybercrime poses a very real threat to every American, and everyone should take steps to safeguard their identities and personal information on the Internet."
Johansson has opened up about feeling “paranoid” after the invasion of her privacy, as previously reported.