The FBI has reportedly arrested the Hollywood hacker, the man who famously stole photos from the cellphones of stars and distributed them to celebrity websites.
The bureau’s year-long “Operation Hackerazzi” investigation of celebrity phone-hacking culminated Wednesday with the announcement that a Florida man has been arrested and charged with hacking into the emails of more than 50 people, including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.
Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville allegedly hacked Google, Apple and Yahoo email accounts beginning last November and December, then arranged for copies of emails in those accounts to be sent to an account he controlled, according to the indictment handed up by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles.
Chaney is said to have offered some of the stolen material, including photographs, to celebrity sites, and some of the files and photographs were posted. Naked or near-naked pictures of Scar.Jo and Xtina have been posted on celebrity websites just in the last year. The FBI did not name most of the other victims.
Chaney is charged with 25 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access and unauthorized damage to a protected computer. He could get 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.