Breaking News! FBI Makes An Arrest In The Celebrity Cell Phone Hacking Case Called “Operation Hackerazzi”
Does this mean no more random nude pics of Scarlett Johansson or any other celebrities? Well unless it was the same guy hacking every celebrity cell phone I would highly doubt it. So don't lose all hope yet!
I mean, was it really just 1 person doing all the hacking? Could that be possible? According to the FBI's Operation Hackerazzi celebrities can relax because they believe it does narrow down to 1 person. He must be really freaking good!
Hollywood starlets—especially those who have managed to emerge from this hacking saga with their modesty still intact—can breathe a little easier this morning.
That's because after more than a year of investigating, and just a few weeks after Scarlett Johansson became the latest celebrity victim to have some very intimate photos released to the world, the FBI has finally made an arrest in what they've dubbed Operation Hackerazzi.
So who's the pervy culprit behind the massive celeb phone-hacking scandal?
The FBI has not released any information aside from the fact that an arrest has been made. More details are expected to be released at an 11 a.m. press conference in Los Angeles.
The investigation into the phone-hacking ring that's plagued hot young Hollywood began in 2010, when suspicions first surfaced among starlets that their cell phones—which included their personal and inevitably X-rated photos, texts and emails—had been compromised.
In addition to Johansson, Vanessa Hudgens was also an early victim of the scandal as another set of nude photos leaked of the Disney star this spring. A list of celebs (and yes, they were all young female celebrities) targeted by the mysterious hacker or hackers was soon released, and among the names sweating it out were Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Ali Larter, Busy Philipps, Emma Caulfield, Renee Olstead and Addison Timlin.
The FBI just released the grand jury indictment of a man who allegedly hacked into the email accounts of 50 victims, including dozens of celebrities.
The indictment was issued against 35-year-old Christopher Chaney of Jacksonville, Florida. He was arrested this morning by FBI agents, on charges of identity theft, wiretapping and other charges.
According to the indictment, Chaney would use public information to access email accounts of his alleged victims, and then access computers and cell phones under the control of his victims.
Some of the alleged victims include Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and celebrity stylist Simone Harouche. Some of the ill-gotten materials included naked photos.
As TMZ first reported, law enforcement sources tell us Chaney acted alone, and got no money for his alleged misdeeds -- rather, he did it for the thrill.
Chaney faces 121 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.