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Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera hacked, FBI says

October 12, 2011 | 11:54 am

Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson

A 26-count indictment unsealed Wednesday named a Florida man as a hacker responsible for accessing the emails and cellphones of celebrities, including Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson, and then distributing their private images to others.

Hackerazzi-indictment-p1-smallChristopher Chaney, 35, was arrested without incident at his Jacksonville home for allegedly hacking into the accounts from Nov. 13, 2010, to Feb. 10, 2011, when he obtained hundreds of emails, messages and images that he sent to others.

Another victim was Renee Olstead, star of "The Secret Life of an American Teenager" on the ABC Family channel, the indictment stated.

Document: Read the indictment

Chaney allegedly used the information from those he initially hacked to gain access to their celebrity friends' accounts. In total, he accessed more than 50 victims' accounts, the indictment said.

According to the indictment, the defendant hacked into the email accounts and forwarded them to his own account, then distributed the images obtained from the emails "virtually instantaneously" to others, including celebrity websites.

Chaney's arrest culminated an 11-month investigation by the FBI cyber crimes squad into the man who has plagued Hollywood.

Johnasson and Aguilera were named among Chaney's alleged victims Wednesday. Both have seen images of them naked or near naked leaked to celebrity websites in the last year.   

The FBI on Wednesday did not name most of the victims identified in the investigation dubbed Operation Hackerazzi.

He faces 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.


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Photos: Mila Kunis, left, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson were alleged victims of a phone hacker. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty Images; Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images