After a year-long fap-stigation, the F.B.I. indicted the alleged celebrity email hacker and hero of the Internets, Chris Chaney, on 26 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access to a computer and wiretapping. Chaney is believed to be responsible for breaking into the cellphones and email accounts of nearly 50 celebrities, most famously leaking the nude pics of Scarlett Johansson.
Among the celebrities identified in court filings included Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera, Simone Harouche, Renee Olmstead and several others identified by their initials.
Chaney faces up to 121 years in prison. Given how thankful most inmates are with the gift of naked ScarJo’s fapbait, it’ll probably be the cushiest 121-year stretch in federal prison ever. Seriously. If Chaney isn’t treated like a king upon arriving to prison than no one ever will be.
Interestingly enough, the tactics used by the 35-year-old Jacksonville, Fla. native were eerily similar to the social engineering tactics highlighted by noted security expert Chris Hadnagy in an interview with HyperVocal earlier this year.
During a Wednesday press conference, the LA Times reports, the F.B.I. said Chaney was essentially snooping for revealing information:
Apparently, Chaney was acting alone, had no plans to contact any of the celebrities and didn’t even care about profiting off of the information/ScarJo’s sublime rack. Authorities say Chaney’s case will help them catch other celebrity hackers and to that end, they created a handy flowchart to demonstrate Chaney’s hacking process and offer a few tips to people to protect themselves.
“The case brings us to a new word in expanding lexicon of cybercrime — ‘hackerrazzi,'” said Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. “We continue to receive complaints involving the targeting of high-profile figures.”
Yes, the yearlong investigation into these crimes was dubbed “Operation Hackerrazzi.” Looks like TMZ needs to hire out a new position for its staff.
And in case you’re curious, here is what Chaney looks like: