London, March 27 (IANS) A computer hacker faces up to 60 years in prison and a $2.2 million fine after admitting to have accessed American actress Scarlett Johansson’s email account and leaking her nude photographs online.
Christopher Chaney, 35, is jobless. He also pleaded guilty to nine other counts – including hacking into the email accounts of singer Christina Aguilera and actress Mila Kunis, the Daily Mail reported.
Chaney, of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested in October as part of a year-long investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed “Operation Hackerazzi”.
Prosecutors said he illegally accessed the email accounts of over 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011.
The nude photos that Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the internet.
Johansson told Vanity Fair in its December issue that the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, now her ex-husband.