Daily Tech - Chris Chaney pleads guilty to hacking over 50 celebrities’ smartphones for fun and profit. Between November 2010 and October 2011, there were a rash of hacking of high-profile celebrities smartphones. Starlets like Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis had sexually explicit or provocative pictures stolen from their devices and released onto the internet. In Scarlett Johansson’s case fully nude pictures, meant to be seen by then-husband Ryan Reynolds were exposed for the world to see. She recalls, “I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed.” But intrusions weren’t the work of a team of savvy hackers; they were the twisted hobby-horse of a single man, according to federal prosecutors — Christopher Chaney, a 35-year-old Jacksonville, Fla. resident.
On Monday, justice was served and U.S. District Judge S. James Otero weighed a seemingly remorseful Mr. Chaney versus tearful celebrities like Ms. Johansson, who comments, “I find Christopher Chaney’s actions to be perverted and reprehensible.” The federal judge gave the hacker a prison sentence of 10 years after pleading guilty of several criminal counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (18 USC § 1030) — unauthorized access to a computer and illegal wiretapping.
Feel like I’d be remiss to let any more time go by without acknowledging one of the great heroes of our internet age. Of course I’m talking about the creep that hacked Scarlett Johansson’s cell phone and posted her nude pictures for the entire world to see a couple years ago. Caught a tough break yesterday ending up in prison for 10 years which I think is more than most people get for manslaughter but whatever. Totally worth it. For me at least. One of the most important developments in the history of the blog world and we’ve got Christopher Chaney to thank. Would love to buy him a beer in 10 years when he’s released but I remember reading some 10 page article about him in a magazine or something and he’s like the weirdest dude alive so I think I’ll leave my gratitude here and be done with it. Thank you hacker. Scarlett Johansson’s breasts are one of the greatest gifts you could bestow on the world wide web.