Scarlett Johansson’s Nude Photo Hacker Gets 10 Years in Prison
Celebrities are constantly hounded by paparazzi, verbally assaulted by photogs and gawked at by random strangers. Though some of these people are simply fans who overstep boundaries, many of them are instead looking to use celebrities for a quick payday. Christopher Chaney was one of the latter.
We were first introduced to Chaney as the hacker who got his hands on nude photos of A-list celebrities. According to the Telegraph, Chaney broke into email accounts of over 50 people in the entertainment industry. Some of these stars included Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Renee Olstead and Mila Kunis.
Chaney says he got into the celebrity accounts by clicking on the “Forgot your password?” feature and resetting the passwords after correctly guessing the answers to their security questions.
It was first reported that he would face 71 months in prison and would have to pay damages to his victims. Now, the sentence has been increased to 10 years.
Before the sentencing, District Judge S. James Otero heard a videotaped statement from Johansson and Aguilera.
“That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy,” Aguilera said.
Olstead appeared in court to describe her ordeal.
“I just really hope this doesn’t happen to someone else. You can lose everything because of the actions of a stranger,” she told the court.
Acquiring nude photos of celebrities might pay big bucks, but in this case, the real price was 10 years in prison.