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Alleged Celebrity Hacker Arrested, Charged in Connection With Semi-Nude Scarlett Johansson Photos and Other Incidents

Oct 12, 2011  •  Post A Comment

A Jacksonville, Fla., man has been arrested and charged with multiple counts in connection with a celebrity hacking case that included the release of nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, Reuters reports.

Christopher Chaney, 35, was arrested this morning and charged with 26 counts of cyber-related crimes against celebrities, the story reports. The arrest comes after an 11-month federal investigation that was dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.”

The story reports: “Chaney, who was arraigned in Florida on Wednesday, faces as many as 121 years in jail if convicted on all counts. Officials said the investigation remains open and others could be implicated.”

Chaney allegedly targeted people in the entertainment business and hacked into their personal email accounts, the story says. U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. reportedly said Chaney used his unauthorized access to the accounts to access information including movie scripts and nude photos.

Photos of Johansson surfaced in September in connection in the case, with the actress seen topless and with a bare backside, the story reports. The FBI reported that its investigation had identified more than 50 victims.

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