The man the FBI arrested Wednesday in connection with its Operation Hackerazzi investigation was released from jail after his first appearance in federal court in Jacksonville, Fla.
Christopher Chaney was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.
Chaney was ordered not to use or access computer or any other device with Internet access. While he is free on bail, he also is banned from using controlled substances as well as excessive alcohol. Before he returns to court on Friday in Jacksonville, Chaney will be subjected to drug testing, treatment and evaluation. He is not allowed to travel alone or beyond the Jacksonville area.
The federal officials Wednesday charged the Florida man with 26 counts for hacking into e-mail accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities and posting their stolen naked photos online.
After an 11-month investigation FBI arrested Chaney, 35, Wednesday morning.
According to the investigators Chaney easily gained information about the celebrities through publicly available sources and access to their Yahoo, Apple and Google e-mail accounts.
Chaney illegally obtained some of the file which includes personal photos of celebrities and distributed to several celebrity blog sites,” FBI said in a statement.
Chaney is also accused of stealing information from stylist Simone Harouche and several people identified only by their initials, B.P., J.A., L.B. and L.S, Reuters reported.
It is not yet clear whether the accused man is associated with an organized hacking group.
When FBI started the investigation after the hacking in September, many believed that Hollywood Leaks was behind the Johansson intrusion and more.
But the group tweeted on Sept. 19 that they were not involved:
WE DID NOT LEAK THE SCARLETT JOHANSSON PICS, WE WOULD HAVE RELEASED IT HERE FIRST! So stop the speculating!
Chaney who used the names such as trainreqsuckswhat, anonygrrl and jaxjaguars911, could face up to 121 years in prison if he is convicted.
In September, naked pictures of Johansson, Kunis and Justin Timberlake were posted online.