Dec 182012
 December 18, 2012  Posted by  Court, Laws

I  generally don’t cover leaks of celebrities’ private info – whether it’s sex tapes or the contacts in their address books, etc.  But the sentencing in this case is so severe compared to others, that it seems worth mentioning. Jason Mick reports:

Between November 2010 and October 2011, there were a rash of hacking of high-profile celebrities smartphones.  Starlets like Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis had sexually explicit or provocative pictures stolen from their devices and released onto the internet.

In Scarlett Johansson’s case fully nude pictures, meant to be seen by then-husband Ryan Reynolds were exposed for the world to see.  She recalls, “I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed.”

But intrusions weren’t the work of a team of savvy hackers; they were the twisted hobby-horse of a single man, according to federal prosecutors — Christopher Chaney, a 35-year-old Jacksonville, Fla. resident.

On Monday, justice was served… The federal judge gave the hacker a prison sentence of 10 years after pleading guilty of several criminal counts under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (18 USC § 1030) — unauthorized access to a computer and illegal wiretapping.

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