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Hollywood hacker changes his mind and pleads not guilty

The Florida man  accused of breaking into the email accounts of actresses Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and as many as 50 other celebrities, and making off with nude photos and personal information has changed his plea and pleaded not guilty.

Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Florida, denied the allegations during his first court appearance on Tuesday in California, where the charges were filed. US Judge Patrick Walsh increased Chaney’s bail to $110,000 from $10,000 after prosecutors presented evidence he may have stalked three additional victims.

The change came after he publicly apologised on a television news broadcast in Jacksonville.

“It started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive,” Chaney said in front of a video camera. “Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with the people you see on the big screen. I was almost relieved when they came in and took the computers inside.”

For more information visit the previous post on this website about this incident.

Vanity Fair published a brief article on Tuesday where Scarlett Johansson showed no regrets for snapping nude photos of herself and storing them online.

“I know my best angles,” she said. “They were sent to my husband. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno.”

Celebrity Email Hacker Arrested by FBI

A 35-year-old man named as Christopher Chaney, was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida according to a recent FBI statement.  Chaney has been linked to recent attacks on celebrity email accounts which have led to exposure of naked photo’s of a number of high profile celebs.

If found guilty of all 26 indictments, which include accessing computer systems without authorisation, identity theft and wire tapping, Chaney could face a maximum of 121 years in a federal prison.

It is thought Chaney scoured the internet for information about his targets and then used that to hack into their email accounts.

“Operation Hackerazzi” as it was known was the FBI operation into hacking incidents was coming under huge pressure to catch the culprit that was causing tabloid headlines around the world.

Victims of the email hacks have included Scarlett Johansson and Lady Gaga to name just two.  More than 50 victims were identified by Operation Hackerazzi and nude pictures and naughty text messages have all been plastered across the internet.