Florida Man Charged With Hacking Into Celebrity Email Accounts

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Florida man has been released on a $10,000 bond after being charged with hacking into the emails of Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis.

Federal authorities say 35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Fla., put private and revealing information, including nude photos, on the Internet.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports.

Chaney was arrested without incident as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that was dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi.” He made his initial court appearance in a Florida courtroom Wednesday.

Authorities said Chaney was responsible for stealing nude photos of Johansson that were later posted on the Internet. FBI Los Angeles office assistant director Steven Martinez said Chaney offered some material to celebrity blog sites but there is no evidence that he profited from his scheme.

Martinez said Chaney used publicly available data to figure out passwords.

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