The guy arrested for hacking the emails of Scarlett Johansson and other celebrities admits he knew what he was doing was wrong but once he started and discovered he could do it, he couldn’t stop. “It started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive,” Christopher Chaney told a Florida TV station today. “Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what’s going on with the people you see on the big screen.” Concerning photos of Johansson and others that found their way to the Internet, Chaney told the station he never sold any pictures or information. The way what the FBI has dubbed his “hackerrazzi” scheme worked, Chaney said, is he hijacked the forwarding feature on email accounts of Johansson, Christina Aguilera and 48 others. When any of them got an email, he did too. “I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience,” he said. “I’m not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward.” What he could be facing is up to 121 years, but he says he plans to plead guilty to all counts in the indictment. For now, though, he’s posted $10,000 bail and is in effect grounded without Internet access. His mom, who was present with his dad during the TV interview, described Chaney as “a good kid, he just made a big mistake. He just had too much time on his hands. He’s too smart for his own good.” We’re not entirely sure we agree.
Celebrity Hacker: “It Started As Curiosity And It Turned To Just Being Addictive”
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