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|2011-10-13 - Celebrity News|
Diane Alter - AHN News Reporter
Florida man arrested in celebrity email hackings
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA (AHN) -- Following a yearlong investigation, FBI officials on Wednesday identified the man they say hacked into the email accounts of nearly 50 celebrities, including those of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.
The suspect, Christopher Chaney, an unemployed 35-year-old from Jacksonville, FL, apparently didn't do it for the money, FBI officials say. Chaney allegedly worked from his home computer to mine data from magazines and websites, including posts on Twitter and Facebook to get passwords. The name of a dog, a favorite movie, an old address, or a sister's name all aided his efforts.
Officials said that once Chaney obtained passwords, he could then gain access to the stars' address books, photos and other files. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the star received into his account.
Cheney allegedly began his hacking in November 2010 when he tapped into Christina Aguilera's email and later posted pictures of the singer in a revealing photo. In December, Chaney managed to hack Mila Kunis' accounts and stole several pictures. That same month, Chaney tapped into Scarlett Johansson's accounts that contained several nude pictures. The photos soon circulated on several celebrity websites.
Cheney was arrested this week in Jacksonville and faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
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