Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Scarlett Johansson hacker suspect allegedly stalked woman

October 29, 2011 |  9:11 am

Announcement of the arrest of Christopher Chaney, 35

A man accused of hacking into the the computers of celebrities Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson may have stalked a woman for 12 years.

Working from his home computer in Jacksonville, Fla., authorities say, Christopher Chaney, 35, allegedly hacked into the email accounts of several celebrities. Authorities say he did it the hard way. Mining details of the stars’ personal lives in celebrity magazines and websites as well as Twitter and Facebook posts, Chaney looked for potential passwords that would give him access to their accounts, the FBI said.

But new court records obtained by the Associated Press say that Chaney had been chatting online with a Connecticut woman since she was 13 years old.

The woman said in the documents that Chaney caused her "serious emotional distress" by taking photos and other materials he hacked from her computer and posting them on porn websites, according to AP.

FBI officials allege Chaney used some of the same tactics when he hacked into the computers of celebrities. He was charged earlier this month.

"The case brings us to a new word in expanding lexicon of cyber-crime — 'hackerrazzi,' " Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office said at a press conference announcing the charges.


Alleged celebrity email hacker apologizes

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

FBI hacking probe began before Scarlett Johansson photos leaked

-- Andrew Blankstein, Richard Winton and Shelby Grad

Photo: The FBI's Cameron Malin, left, describes "Operation Hackerazzi," joined by U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr., center, and Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles field office. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters