Scarlett Johansson's Alleged Hacker Apologizes (Video)
Florida resident Christopher Chaney said infiltrating the email accounts of stars was "addictive."
The alleged hacker who targeted Hollywood’s leading ladies, including Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera, spoke out about his misdeeds, claiming that it was “addictive” to break into the personal accounts of stars.
Christopher Chaney, 35, told Action News in Jacksonville, Fla., that he started out hacking into the email accounts of celebrities out of curiosity and then couldn’t stop.
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"It started as curiosity and it turned to just being addictive," Chaney said in the candid interview. "Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with the people you see on the big screen."
Cheney , who allegedly broke into the email accounts of nearly 50 people including Johansson, Aguilera and Mila Kunis, was arrested last week by the FBI and faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty.
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Cheney claimed that he scoured the internet for celebrities’ personal information such as a favorite pet that could be used as a password. The would then break into their email accounts and have the victim’s emails forward to his own account. Then, even if the victim changed his or her password, he would still receive their emails.
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Cheney, who said he was “almost relieved” when his home was raided, could also find new victims by checking out the address books of his current hacked accounts.
"I deeply apologize," Chaney said. "I know what I did was probably the worst invasion of privacy someone could experience. I'm not trying to escape what I did. It was wrong. And I have to just face that and go forward."