Man charged over celebrity hack

Posted by Kate Taylor

The FBI says it's charged a man for hacking into the email accounts of dozens of celebrities.

Florida resident Christopher Chaney, 35 was arrested yesterday on charges including identity theft, accessing and damaging computers and wiretapping.

Chaney's accused of hacking into the celebrities' email accounts from November last year to steal financial information and film scripts - as well as, in some case, nude photos which he went on to hawk around celebrity blogs.

"In most instances, after gaining unauthorized access into the e-mail account of a celebrity, defendant Chaney set the e-mail forwarding feature of the e-mail account to send virtually instantaneously a copy of every e-mail received in the celebrity's account to a different e-mail account that he controlled," reads trhe charge sheet.

"Defendant Chaney thereafter distributed to others some of the information that he obtained by his unauthorized access."

Victims are said to include Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera  and Mila Kunis.

Chaney faces up to 121 years in prison for a total of 26 charges. There's apparently no evidence that he did it for profit, the FBI says.