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Celebrity hacker Chris Chaney faces up to 60 years in jail.

I really didn't think the sentence could be that harsh. Not that there's much chance he'll actually spend that long in prison .

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An unemployed man faces up to 60 years in prison after pleading guilty on Monday to hacking into the email accounts of such celebrities as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the internet.

Christopher Chaney, 35, entered his plea in federal court to nine counts, including unauthorised access to a computer and wiretapping. He was immediately taken into custody with his head hung low and his hands in his pocket.

Sentencing was scheduled for July 23.

Chaney was arrested in October as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi".

Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011.

Nude photos Johansson had taken of herself were later posted on the internet. Johansson told Vanity Fair for its December issue that the photos were meant for Ryan Reynolds, now her ex-husband.

Chaney mined through publicly available data to figure out password and security questions for celebrity accounts. Once he had control of their email account, he also went through their contact lists to find email accounts of fellow stars.

He also hijacked a forwarding feature so a copy of every email a celebrity received was sent to an account he controlled, according to court documents.

A search warrant unsealed and obtained by The Associated Press said Chaney's computer hard drive contained numerous private celebrity photos and a document that compiled their extensive personal data.

In one instance, Chaney posed as stylist Simone Harouche and sent an email from her account to Aguilera - one of Harouche's clients - asking the singer for scantily clad photographs, prosecutors said. Some of Aguilera's photos appeared online.

Chaney forwarded many of the photographs to two gossip websites and another hacker, but there wasn't any evidence that he profited from his scheme, authorities said. He has since apologised for his actions.

In ordering Chaney to be behind bars until he's sentenced, US District Judge S James Otero noted the defendant continued to hack into celebrity email accounts - namely one belonging to a star only referenced by initials C.B. - after he was interviewed by FBI agents and confessed to his scheme.

"I don't understand why any person who is rational would continue in that kind of behaviour," Otero opined.

As part of the plea agreement, Chaney could pay a fine of up to $US2.2 million ($A2.09 million). He must pay restitution to his victims, ranging from $US15,000 to $US400,000.

It's unclear whether Aguilera, Kunis or Johansson would write letters to the judge or attend Chaney's sentencing, but all three women agreed to have their identities made public after an indictment was announced last October. Aguilera's publicist Nicole Perez-Krueger declined comment. Messages left for representatives of Kunis and Johansson were not immediately returned.

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60 years that's....

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Re: Celebrity hacker Chris Chaney faces up to 60 years in jail.

60 years for 9 counts... and it sorta is a breach of privacy his own fault really. I mean 60 years does sound shocking still, but really his own idiocy resulted in this; surely someone who can infiltrate through ones computer so comfortably would most certainly know what he's doing is a crime and what the ramifications are.

Whether he deserved the sentence or not is subjective, and depends on his intentions and what he was doing really. I know the article suggests he was just fishing around for gossip, but do we actually really know that that was all there is? There's just so much damage that can be done, personally, financially etc. from hacking that it simply isn't excusable.

personally, I think it's a bit much if only simply people who have carried out far worse criminal activity (no example on the top of my head) have far more lenient sentences.

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60 years for 9 counts... and it sorta is a breach of privacy his own fault really. I mean 60 years does sound shocking still, but really his own idiocy resulted in this; surely someone who can infiltrate through ones computer so comfortably would most certainly know what he's doing is a crime and what the ramifications are.

Whether he deserved the sentence or not is subjective, and depends on his intentions and what he was doing really. I know the article suggests he was just fishing around for gossip, but do we actually really know that that was all there is? There's just so much damage that can be done, personally, financially etc. from hacking that it simply isn't excusable.

personally, I think it's a bit much if only simply people who have carried out far worse criminal activity (no example on the top of my head) have far more lenient sentences.

A bit much? This is totally fucked up! Five years would be too much for this 'crime'.
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Re: Celebrity hacker Chris Chaney faces up to 60 years in jail.

Throw the book at him. Maybe if a few of these hackers got major time it would stop folks from doing it.
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60 years and people who end the life of another get a fraction of that.

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Re: Celebrity hacker Chris Chaney faces up to 60 years in jail.

What he did was his own stupidity. It caught up with him in the end.

Though 60 years is somewhat excessive.
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