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Florida Hacker Gets 10 Years In Prison For Stealing Pictures & Emails

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    seems the courts are getting tough on celeb stalkers. :crazy:
    (i bet he's out in a few months due to overcrowding)

    Christopher Chaney Gets 10 Years For Stealing Scarlett Johansson Pics

    Los Angeles (CNN) -- A Florida man who said he became addicted to spying on celebrities must spend the next 10 years in a federal prison for hacking their e-mail.

    Christopher Chaney, 36, stole nude photos, scripts and personal information from the e-mail accounts of 50 entertainment industry figures, including movie stars Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis and singer Christina Aguilera, prosecutors said.

    The FBI's Los Angeles office busted Chaney last year during its "Operation Hackerazzi," which looked into computer intrusions targeting individuals associated with the entertainment industry.

    During a hearing Monday in Los Angeles, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced Chaney to 120 months -- 10 years -- in prison and ordered him to pay $66,179 in restitution. Chaney pleaded guilty earlier this year to wiretapping charges and has been in custody since March.

    Without a plea deal, he could have faced 121 years in prison if convicted on all 26 charges, the U.S. attorney said.

    "Mr. Chaney is responsible for causing dozens of illegally obtained, private photographs to be posted on the Internet, where they were available for all to see," said U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr.

    "This case is a sobering reminder that cybercrime poses a very real threat to every American, and everyone should take steps to safeguard their identities and personal information on the Internet."

    Chaney, who is from Jacksonville, Florida, apologized when he was arrested in October 2011.

    "What I'm most sorry about is that I had to drag my mom into all of this, and my family and my neighbors, and they just want to live their lives," Chaney told reporters.

    Chaney told a reporter that he had become "addicted" to the intrusion and "didn't know how to stop."

    "I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience," he told CNN affiliate WAWS/WTEV in Jacksonville. "And these people don't have privacy to begin with. And I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have."

    A nude photo of Johansson that was circulated online last year was part of the investigation, Birotte said.

    Chaney allegedly "also took financial information, movie scripts and conversations that the celebrities believed to be private," Birotte told reporters.

    Chaney said the hacking "started as curiosity and it turned into just being, you know, addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with these people you see on the big screen every day."

    "It just happened and snowballed," he said, adding that he wishes it had never begun.

    Chaney said he felt "almost relieved months ago" when authorities seized his computer because "I didn't know how to stop doing it myself. I wasn't attempting to break into e-mails and get stuff to sell or purposely put it on the Internet. It just -- I don't know."

    Authorities allege that Chaney distributed the photos he obtained illegally and offered them to celebrity blog sites. Some of the files, including private photographs, were posted online "as a result of Chaney's alleged activities," authorities said in a statement.

    Chaney admitted when he entered his guilty plea that he hacked e-mail accounts by clicking on the "forgot your password?" feature to reset passwords. His research of celebrities' personal information helped him to correctly answer their security questions.

    "Once Chaney gained exclusive control of the victims' e-mail accounts, he was able to access all of their e-mail boxes," the U.S. attorney's office said. "While in the accounts, Chaney also went through their contact lists to find addresses of potential new hacking targets."

    While inside the accounts, he changed the settings to forward a copy of each e-mail to his own inbox, the prosecutor said. "Most of the victims did not check their account settings, so even after they regained control of their e-mail accounts, Chaney's e-mail address remained in their account settings."

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/17/showbiz/hackerazzi-sentenced/index.html
     
  2. Daisysiegal

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    Jesus....did this guy make any money doing this?
     
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    They really shouldn't have outed his method. Now anyone can do it.
     
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    10 years! That is just nuts. There are lots of worse crimes that guy could have committed and got less time than that.
     
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    agreed, thou it is wrong 10 years is a little much.
     
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    it's known from old ages and any hacker kid know it sarah palin email hacked before years by the same way .
     
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    As someone commented on some of the usual geeky blogs had he run over them instead of stealing a couple stupid pics he'd be looking at a milder verdict. That's probably the "lucky" winner of the scapegoat award to build a precedent in this specific field. It really sucks, though.
     
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    He won't be out in a few months if he's already convicted on federal charges, feds don't play!

    He'll be out after doing 85% of his time, 15% gets taken off for good time so he'll do a minimum of 8 and half years. Of course he has to manage to keep the good time while in prison, good time can get taken off for committing violations in prison.

    After he gets out he'll have to do probation I bet, at least 3 years.

    Sucks to be that guy lol
     
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    Where are the pics he stole ? :d:d:d
     
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  11. CriminalMind

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    10 years in federal prison is a lot damn for that but he will have to do like 8 years at least noway he comin out before that if it was the state maybe but the feds are too harsh feel bad for the dude im glad im not in the us
     
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    yep! 10 years for those scuzzy snaps... :noidea:
     
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    You do 85% time in federal prison, its not like state prison or county jail where they're trying to push you through and give you 1/3 good time. This is why you have to think seriously when they say we'll take this federal or if you cooperate and they keep it state, sure state prisons suck a whole lot more but the difference can be years of your life.

    That being said he got a heavy sentence because:
    1) He already had felonies for computer crimes, I think it was bank fraud or something and identity theft, so this is like a repeat offender sentence.
    2) He continued doing the same stuff, and got caught again, while out on bond awaiting trial and his conditions were he wasn't even supposed to be online, it pissed the judge off.

    He got more time than the prosecution even asked for (6 years which was already pretty high) because he really is quite the moron and made the judge mad at him.
     
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    it was said he hacked Mila Kunis aswell, where are those pics?

    and yeah, 10 years is way over the top, he should have gotten 1 year max. if he would have raped some 1, he would have gotten less then that.
     
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    I was robbed at gun point last year with my g/f. She was assaulted during the robbery. Both robbers were on their 2nd and 3rd strikes. Each were released in 2 years. This happens everyday. I'm not trying to defend the punk, but the USA justice system has some major flaws.

    This is pretty messed up ....
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    He should have gotten 12 yrs because he chose Christina Aguilera as a target.. She has gotten HUGE....
     
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    Like others said, Feds don't play. He'll have plenty of time to break his hacking obsession. I'm always amazed at how smart hackers are at script and password vulnerabilities but absolutely stupid about the law.
     
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    rule #1 of hacking - never hack from your own pc, or from your own home.
     
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