The FBI has arrested a Florida man for allegedly hacking the emails of Hollywood celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis, and then distributing their private images and information to others.
The federal authorities have confirmed the arrest of Christopher Chaney, 35, after almost a yearlong investigation, for hacking into the accounts of the stars from Nov. 13, 2010, to Feb. 10, 2011.
Chaney obtained several emails, messages, contact details and, moreover, the personal pictures from the celebrity official accounts and sent them to others.
Scarlett Johansson was the latest victim of nude photo leak which, authorities say, was done by Chaney.
Chaney hacked into their email accounts and forwarded the pictures and information to his own account and later distributed the images to popular celebrity Web sites.
The FBI has listed names of around 50 people as Chaney's victims. They include high profile celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis.
According to an AP report, Chaney has previously hacked Google, Apple, and Yahoo email accounts also from Nov, 2010 to February 2011.
The report says, He hijacked the forwarding feature so that a copy of every email received was sent, virtually instantaneously, to an email account he controlled.
Celebrity information is highly marketable, said Steven Martinez, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office, at a press conference.
He said, Chaney offered some material to celebrity blog sites, but there is no evidence that he profited from his scheme.
If found guilty, Chaney will face 121 year imprisonment, on 26 accusations.