Man charged over Scarlett Johansson nude pictures

Scarlett Johansson

Christopher Chaney accused of hacking into email accounts of celebrities including Mila Kunis

LAST UPDATED AT 16:15 ON Thu 13 Oct 2011

A MAN accused of breaking into the email accounts of celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis has been charged with 26 counts of computer hacking, aggravated identity theft and illegal wire-tapping.

Christopher Chaney, from Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested as part of an investigation called Operation Hackerazzi. He is said to be responsible for circulating the nude pictures of Johansson that caused a sensation on the internet last month.

Chaney is alleged to have hacked the Google, Apple and Yahoo email accounts of up to 50 celebrities over a four-month period this year and last. Some of the victims were named in the indictment and others were referred to by their initials. There has been speculation that JA and BP named in the charges are Jessica Alba and Brad Pitt.

After breaking into their accounts he allegedly set up a feature that forwarded a copy of any message to an email account he controlled. It is claimed he then shared the information with celebrity websites, although the FBI said there was no evidence that he had made any profit as a result.

If found guilty Chaney, faces up to 121 years in jail. · 

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