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Florida man arrested in 'Hackerazzi' attacks on celebs' phones

October 12, 2011 |  9:52 am

Scarlett Johansson

The FBI said Wednesday morning that it had arrested a Florida man in its investigation of celebrity phone-hacking in Hollywood.

The agency also confirmed that actress Scarlett Johansson is named as one of the victims.

Other victims in the investigation, dubbed Operation Hackerazzi, were not named.

But new details are expected to be divulged later Wednesday in a news conference at the FBI offices in Westwood.

The investigation into allegations of phone hacking of multiple Hollywood celebrities dates back a year and began well before news reports circulated about Johansson and other celebrities having their data breached, according to law enforcement sources.

The federal probe actually began in late 2010 after allegations of people hacking into the phones and computers of several Hollywood figures first surfaced, the sources said.

In recent weeks there have been reports of young celebrities being victimized by hackers who obtained compromising photos, including pictures of Johansson.

People claiming to be a hacking group have said they are responsible, though the claim could not be verified.


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Photo: Scarlett Johansson at the 2011 Academy Awards. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times