The federal court in Los Angeles on Monday sentenced a resident of the State of Florida a 35-year-old Christopher Chaney to ten years in prison for hacking into a series of e-mail addresses of Hollywood celebrities, and theft of personal photos and their dissemination.
In the period from 2010 to 2011 unemployed Cheney stole dozens of photos of nude stars, putting some of them on the Internet. After the detention by the FBI, he confessed to committing nine crimes, including the publication of stolen pictures of actresses Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, singer Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead.
Cheney’s lawyers intend to appeal the verdict, claiming that the defendant had no special education and is not a hacker as such, and therefore can count on less severe sentence. The defense also pointed out that Cheney could easily get the information about “answers to secret questions” that was easy to find on the Internet. As it turned out, he did not use spyware or viruses, and simple input data available in the member profile, which is supposedly forgotten password, thereby getting the most extensive access to emails of victims. That is why his guilt would be extremely difficult to prove, if it were not for confession.