The FBI has arrested and charged a Florida man in connection with its Operation Hackerazzi investigation.
An anonymous person close to the investigation told The Associated Press that one man had been indicted on charges that he hacked into email accounts of celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson.
Los Angeles FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller confirmed the arrest but declined to provide further details until after a scheduled press conference. The Associated Press was awaiting a return call from a Johansson representative when it reported the arrest earlier today.
It is not yet known if the man is affiliated with an organized hacking ring. The FBI will hold a press conference at approximately 11 a.m. PST to discuss the arrest.
After the FBI claimed to be targeting a suspect in the celebrity hacking spree in September, many believed that Hollywood Leaks was behind the Johansson intrusion and more.
But the sinister cyberterrorists insisted they were not involved.
On Sept. 19, the hackers tweeted the following message:
WE DID NOT LEAK THE SCARLETT JOHANSSON PICS, WE WOULD HAVE RELEASED IT HERE FIRST! So stop the speculating!
Indeed, the group has not been shy about taking credit for photo leaks in the past. Hollywood Leaks gleefully claimed responsibility for hacking the phone of Dancing With the Stars talent Julianne Hough and circulating photos of the star in late August.
Hollywood Leaks has not posted a message on Twitter since denying their involvement in the Scarlett Johansson phone hacking scandal almost a month ago.
In September, nude self-portraits of Johansson began making the rounds on Twitter and other Web sites. Shortly afterwards, an unidentified person sent an email to Perez Hilton, offering to sell compromising photos of Justin Timberlake that he sent to his Friends with Benefits costar Mila Kunis.
Johansson was outraged by the invasion of privacy, and enlisted the FBI to investigate.