Christopher Chaney – Scarlett Johansson’s Email Hacker, Not Guilty Plea
Regular readers of Only Kent may remember the recent scandal surrounding nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, which had been hacked from her email account. Today we have news that the man charged with hacking her account and others, Christopher Chaney, has entered a plea of not guilty in a California court.
Chaney, 35, from Jacksonville, Florida will now face trial on December 27 and if convicted could be imprisoned for 121 years. The 26 charges that he faces include wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer. When the photos were originally leaked and posted on websites Johansson told CNN how she felt about the invasion to her privacy, calling it “unjust.” She also spoke to Vanity Fair saying that the pictures were intended for Ryan Reynolds, her ex-husband, saying “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno,” according to BBC News.
Chaney was finally arrested after a long investigation into celebrity hacking that has been referred to as “Operation Hackerazzi.” Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis are just three of over 50 alleged victims and Cheney is said to have worked out passwords to access celebrity email accounts and then forwarded their emails to his own account. Authorities claim that he then offered content to celebrity websites, however there are no signs that he made money from his actions.
The judge did not remand Chaney in custody but set bail at $110,000 and ordered him to wear an electronic tag. A CNN report tells how Chaney told WAWS/WTEV last month, “I deeply apologize. I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience. And these people don’t have privacy to begin with. And I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have.” What are your thoughts on these celebrity hackings and Christopher Chaney facing imprisonment for 121 years? Let us know with your comments.
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