Celebrities are some of the most covered, most followed, and most hounded people in our society. Nearly every outfit they wear, every place they visit, and every word they say is reported on by multiple media outlets. In this age of online communication, though, some celebs are finding that one of the places in which they feel comfortable may not be so private: their email inboxes.
Scarlett Johannson, Christina Aguilera, and Mila Kunis found this out the hard way when their email inboxes were hacked by a regular guy, 35-year-old Chris Chaney. Chaney was able to hack their email accounts by digging up previously published information about the actresses such as their favorite movies, pets, and other trivia and then using this data to guess at their passwords. Once he got in, he then set up the auto-forwarding feature to have their emails forwarded to email accounts he controlled. That allowed him to continue reading their emails without ever re-entering their accounts.
In court this week, Chaney admitted that he did it simply for the thrill of cracking into the private lives of celebrities, saying “It started as curiosity and it turned into just being…addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with these people you see on the big screen everyday.” Basically, Chaney became a digital voyeur, collecting private conversations and, in Scarlett Johansson’s case, nude pictures.
While he may have enjoyed his private glimpse into the secret world of celebs, Chaney is probably regretting his choices now. He has been charged with multiple digital violations. If he is convicted of all the charges, he may receive as much as 121 years behind bars.
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