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10-year prison sentence for Scarlett Johansson nude photo hacker



Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2011. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online.
Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2011. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012. Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online.
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Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2011. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online.
Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives at the opening night of the LA Shorts Fest '09 in West Hollywood.
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Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2011. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online.
Actress Mila Kunis arrives at a Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures presentation to promote her upcoming film, "Oz: The Great and Powerful" at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, April 24, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., leaves federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 2011. Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet, according to court documents filed Thursday, March 22, 2012.  Long before Christopher Chaney made headlines by hacking into the email accounts of such stars as Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, he honed his craft at the expense of two women who say he harassed them and stalked them online.
The Voice's Christina Aguilera attends the NBCUniversal's "The Voice" Press Junket and cocktail reception on August 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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Christopher Chaney was sentenced Monday in Los Angeles to 10 years in prison for illegally accessing the online accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and more than 50 others in the entertainment industry between Nov. 2010 and Oct. 2011.

Chaney pleaded guilty to counts that included wiretapping and unauthorized access to a computer. He was arrested after a yearlong investigation turned up a hard drive of private celebrity photos and extensive personal data.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Judge S. James Otero heard a tearful statement from Johansson whose nude photographs — meant for then-husband Ryan Reynolds — were leaked online. 

Christina Aguilera said in a statement that, the "feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy." 

Aguilera, Kunis and Johansson agreed to have their identities made public in an effor to raise awareness about online intrusion.

Two women Chaney knew personally were also his hacking victims. In one case Chaney sent nude photos to a former co-worker's father. Both women said he irreparably damaged their lives, citing anxiety, panic attacks, depression and paranoia. They described him as "calculated, cruel and creepy," reports the AP.