June 28th, 2012 by edsel
Part of the sentence for Hollywood hacker Christopher Chaney involved paying Scarlett Johansson nearly $67,000 as restitution.
E! News reported that the U.S. State’s Attorney’s Office recently filed a sentencing recommendation regarding Chaney’s case. The SAO recommendation also detailed recommended settlements for Chaney’s victims, which included ‘Avengers’ star Johansson and ‘Voice’ judge Christina Aguilera but not, oddly enough, Mila Kunis.
The sentencing recommendation suggested $7,500 for the ‘Voice’ judge. However, while Christopher Chaney hacked into the email of Christina Aguilera, the government decided that Scarlett Johansson had suffered more.
According to E! News, Johansson was forced to deal with a website that posted nude photos of her. (That scandal, incidentally, led to Chaney’s arrest.) And that’s not even getting into how Chaney went through the “depressing” emails Scarlett Johansson exchanged with Ryan Reynolds during their ongoing divorce at the time.
So the government determined that Christopher Chaney needed to pay Miss Johansson $66,719.49 for her troubles.
Scarlett Johansson didn’t get the highest amount of restitution, though. That goes to Renee Olstead, the star of ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager.’ Chaney owed her $76,767.35.
E! News noted that Mila Kunis was identified as one of the hackees. However, no restitution was assigned to the ‘Friends with Benefits’ star. Instead, prosecutors suggested that Christopher Chaney cut a check for $10,374.59 to the health fund of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
However, the state’s attorney also determined that it was “unlikely” that Chaney would be able to “repay any significant amount to the victims” given his employment record. So the sentencing recommendation also suggested a “high-end” prison sentence of 71 months.
Back in March, Hollywood hacker Christopher Chaney pleaded guilty to nine counts of unauthorized computer access and wiretapping. He will receive his sentence for hacking the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson and company on July 23.
June 18th, 2012 by edsel
Scarlett Johansson hinted that she would gladly trade the title of ‘sexiest woman alive’ for humble anonymity.
According to Perez Hilton, the ‘Avengers’ star revealed in a recent interview that she preferred some anonymity instead of all of the attention the public showered upon Scarlett during her every appearance.
Asked if she thinks that she looked amazing, the laughing Scarlett Johansson answered: “Sometimes yes, sometimes no.” She then pointed out that there were impressive women who can be found beyond the celebrity spotlight.
“I also think there are so many wonderful women out there,” declared the woman who played the smoking hot Natasha Kerensky, “And they aren’t even actresses! I don’t like being labelled as ‘the sexiest woman alive,’” Scarlett confided. “As an actress,” she added, “I prefer to maintain the anonymity.”
Perez Hilton reported that Scarlett Johansson received intense public scrutiny during her depressing divorce with Ryan Reynolds. She was also one of the many celebrity targets of Hollywood hacker Christopher Chaney, who was caught after he accidentally triggered a nude photo scandal of Scarlett.
Nowadays, Scarlett preferred it if the public worried about what her performances on the big screen instead of what she did out of it. “I don’t talk about my private relationships anymore,” she said in the interview. “I often read many things and don’t even recognize myself in what was written,” she claimed.
Scarlett was also realistically aware that anonymity was impossible for someone of her profile. ”I dream that people stay far away from my private life,” she confessed, “But I bet that it will be always a dream…”
Scarlett Johansson starred as Natasha Kerensky, the Russian super spy Black Widow, in the billion-dollar blockbuster ‘Avengers’ movie.
April 30th, 2012 by edsel
Hacker Christoper Chaney -the man behind Scarlett Johansson’s nude photo scandal- revealed to GQ magazine his methods, his motives, and what else he found while hacking celebrities’ accounts.
Perez Hilton reported that the Internet scandal regarding Miley Cyrus in midriff-baring photos served as Chaney’s dubious inspiration. The scandal made him ask himself: ”How hard could this be?”
Christoper Chaney started by entering celebrity names into Gmail (last name, first name). After amassing a number of valid addresses, he started working on reprogramming the passwords. He dealt with security questions that asked for favorite colors and school names by using Google to search for the answer.
He was soon browsing the personal emails of more than two score celebrities. Christopher Chaney had access to everything: the hook-ups, the secrets, which films were gonna make it and which weren’t, and so on.
“I don’t want to compare it to throwing a touchdown pass,” Christoper Chaney said of his decision to continue hacking, “But it was a rush. It’s the whole Star Trek thing. Going where no man has gone before. You feel like you’ve seen something that the rest of the world wanted to see. But you’re the only one that’s seen it.”
Christopher Chaney claimed that “everyone was dating everyone eventually” in Hollywood. A-list actors supposedly hid their relationships by dating in places like Canter’s Deli in the wee hours of the morning. Chaney also got to follow the sobering exchange of emails between Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson throughout their divorce.
Chaney also said that the first superstar he found nude photos of wasn’t Scarlett Johansson, but of Christina Aguilera trying on pasties, which he reputedly found in the email of Aguilera’s stylist. He claimed that there were A-list actresses in their 40s who took nude photos of themselves, but refused to name names.
As he lived the greatest dream of every modern day paparazzi and gossip columnist, Christoper Chaney expressed that he rally enjoyed reading location production scouts’ emails. ”I thought that was one of the awesomest [jobs]. They go around, find these places, take pictures of them, and send them to the directors. It was cool seeing a part of the process that nobody ever sees,” he shared.
Chaney did like to follow certain stars such as Justin Timberlake. According to him, the Timberlake movie ’In Time’ reputedly had trouble locating a stripper who could act as actress Amanda Seyfried’s body doubles.
Christopher Chaney added that he found Mila Kunis very funny, especially when he read the chain emails from the ‘Friends With Benefits’ crew. He swears that he did not find any evidence of her and Justin Timberlake exchanging naughty sexts and pics.
It was when the saucy pics of Scarlett made their way into the light of day that everything came crashing down on Christopher Chaney. Now he faces up to 60 years in prison and a $2.2 million fine.
March 28th, 2012 by faye
Christopher Chaney, the man responsible for hacking the email accounts of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera, has reportedly pleaded guilty to all the federal charges filed against him.
The 35-year-old Chaney from Florida native pleaded guilty in Los Angeles federal court to unauthorized computer access, wiretapping and other felony charges contained in a criminal indictment. The celeb hacker is facing up to 60 years in prison, plus fines and reparation of about $2.5 million when sentenced in July. Christopher Chaney, who admitted hacking the emails of more than 50 celebrities, was arrested in October 2011 following an 11-month FBI investigation named “Operation Hackerazzi.”
Other celebrity hacking victims of Christopher Chaney included former Disney Channel star Vanessa Hudgens and Renee Olstead, one of the stars from ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” The others were identified only by their initials, including J.A., B.P., and L.B.
Clerical worker Christopher Chaney told a Florida TV station shortly after his arrest that he had become addicted to spying into the affairs of celebrities and did not know how to stop. His snooping and hacking resulted in nude photos of “The Island” star Scarlett Johansson and a bubblebath picture of “That 70’s Show” actress Mila Kunis reaching gossip websites.
Christopher Chaney admitted that he had emailed many of the photographs and other personal information that he got from hacking the celebrities’ accounts to another hacker and to two entertainment websites.
March 26th, 2012 by faye
Christopher Chaney, the man who is behind hacking the email accounts of Hollywood celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson and leaking their nude photos on the Internet, has pleaded guilty on the celebrity hacking case.
According to court documents filed Thursday, 35-year-old Chaney from Jacksonville, Florida will plead guilty Monday in Los Angeles federal court to nine felony counts, including identity theft, unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. Christopher Chaney faces up to 60 years in prison and three years probation for his celebrity hacking case.
Chaney was arrested in October as part of a year-long investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities labeled as “Operation Hackerazzi.”
Prosecutors said Christopher Chaney hacked into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry, including singer Aguilera and actress Johansson. Naked photos of Scarlett which she had taken herself were later posted on the Internet. Christina also had private photos put online. Scarlett Johansson told Vanity Fair for its December issue that the photos were meant for his ex-husband, Ryan Reynolds.
The court documents also stated that Christopher Chaney mined through publicly available data to retrieve password and security questions for celebrity accounts. He also hijacked a forwarding feature so that a copy of every email a celebrity received was sent to an account he controlled. Chaney claims he was able to hack into Johansson’s email account to send one of her acquaintances an email containing a nude photo of her in exchange for a photo.
A search warrant unsealed and obtained by The Associated Press said Christopher Chaney’s computer hard drive contained several private celebrity photos and a document which compiled their extensive personal data.
Christopher Chaney forwarded numerous photographs to two gossip websites and another hacker, but there wasn’t any evidence that he gained profit from his scheme. Chaney has since apologized for the celebrity hacking case he is now facing.