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Hollywood Hacker apologizes, says he was addicted to invading privacy



Christopher Chaney, the Jacksonville man charged by the FBI with hacking into the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and dozens of others, says he's sorry for what he did and wanted to stop. But damn it, when you have access to naked cell phone photos of celebrities, it's hard to stop.

"It started as curiosity and it turned into just being addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with these people you see on the big screen everyday," he told Jacksonville's WTEV, adding the FBI came for his computer equipment six months ago. "And I was almost relieved months ago when they came and took the computer and told me what was going on, that they knew, 'cause I didn't know how to stop doing it myself."

Chaney did tell the TV station he didn't know how any images -- including nude pics of ScarJo that appeared online after his computer was confiscated -- got out, because he never sold any of the information. That suggests other people were involved (you mean the hacker may have been hacked?), but Chaney said he takes responsibility for what he did.

"I deeply apologize," he said, noting he planned to plead guilty to all charges. "I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy, you know, someone could experience. These people you know don't have privacy to begin with. ... I've had six months to think about it. It eats at me ... when you're doing it you're not thinking about what's going on with who you're doing it to." We're sure the prosecution will remind him, guilty plea or not.


[Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 3:17pm]


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