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FBI Arrests Florida Man in Scarlett Johansson Nude Pictures Scandal

| by Michael Allen

FBI agents have arrested Christopher Chaney for allegedly hacking into the email accounts of more than 50 celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Rene Olstead.

Investigators say that the Florida man used publicly available sources to find information about the celebrities and gain access to their Yahoo, Apple and Google email accounts.

He then set the forwarding feature to send him a copy of every e-mail the celebrities received, says the 26 count indictment. He kept receiving forwarded emails even after passwords had been changed.

According to an FBI statement: "Chaney distributed some of the files he obtained illegally, including photos of celebrities, and offered them to various celebrity blog sites. Some of the illegally obtained files, including private photographs, were ultimately posted online."

Pictures of a naked Johansson appeared on the internet in September. Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Ali Larter and Demi Lovato were also reportedly targeted.

Chaney, who used the names "trainreqsuckswhat," "anonygrrl" and "jaxjaguars911," faces 121 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.

The FBI began investigating the case in March, when the bureau learned that a hacker (or hackers) had gained access to private information, including nude photos and videos, of 50 female celebrities.