FBI Arrests Suspected Hollywood Celebrity Hacker

Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have arrested a man suspected of hacking into Hollywood celebrities’ e-mail accounts and stealing files and other documents, including nude pictures that eventually spread online.

Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida, was charged with more than 20 counts of various cybercrimes for the widespread Hollywood hacking incident, which victimized young stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera, and several others who refused to allow authorities to publish their names. U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, Jr. said the cooperation of Johansson, Kunis, and Aguilera helped a lot in the case. “We had a positive working relationship…They agreed to have their names released, to have a deterrent impact. It sends out a message,” he said.

Chaney, 35, could face up to 121 years in jail if convicted on 26 charges that prosecutors leveled against him. The suspect was indicted based on several specific incidents where 11 victims were identified. Aside from Johansson, Kunis, and Aguilera, the other victims were known simply by their initials such as B.P., J.A., L.B. and L.S, Reuters said.