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Scarlett Johansson's hacker pleads guilty, could do 60 years

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Christopher Chaney, the 35-year-old Floridian who hacked into email accounts of beautiful (and hard to spell) stars like Scarlett Johannsson, plead guilty to nine counts today in Los Angeles including unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping.

Prosecutors say Chaney victimized over 50 entertainment industry individuals including the likes of "Black Swan" star Mila Kunis and "Dirrty" singer Christina Aguilera, according to the AP

In late July Chaney will receive his sentencing where he could be ordered to spend 60 years in prison and could be forced to pay over to $2 million in fines and restitution.

Prosecutors said Chaney illegally accessed the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry between November 2010 and October 2011.

Among other dirty deeds that Chaney did with his illegally obtained access to email accounts, he intercepted nude photos Johannsson intented for her then-husband Ryan Reynolds. Those photos eventually ended up online.

"I have confidence that justice will prevail and that the court will set a precedent for a `no tolerance policy' in regards to identity theft, computer hacking and invasion of privacy," Johansson said in a statement to the AP.

Chaney was charged with 26 counts of identity theft among other charges as a result of FBI probe called "Operation Hackerazzi".

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