Christopher Chaney, the man behind "Operation Hackarazzi" whose rudimentary hacking led to the release of naked photos of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera, as well as the private information of 50 others, was sentenced to just 10 years of a possible 121-year jail sentence Monday afternoon. Chaney pled guilty to nine counts of felony including identity theft, wiretapping, and unauthorized access and damage to a protected computer. He also faces $2.25 million in fines. The judge reached the sentencing after listening to a "tearful" Johansson, who watched photos of her and Ryan Renolds posted all over the Internet, reports The Associated Press, adding that "Aguilera, Kunis and Johansson agreed to have their identities made public with the hopes that the exposure about the case would provide awareness about online intrusion."
Perhaps Chaney's shorter-than-possible sentence has to do with hacker's remorse: He told CNN last year that he was "almost relieved" when he was arrested because he had gotten addicted to hacking. During his stint as an amateur hacker, he developed depression, lost 80 pounds, and stopped sleeping, according to a GQ profile. Emphasis on the "amateur" — Chaney's gained access to celebrity information by doing Internet sleuthing that you and I could figure out, mining Twitter, Facebook, and celebrity profiles for clues to passwords, which surprisingly worked.
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