FBI Arrests Man Accused Of Hacking Celebrity Emails

A certain Scarlett Johansson photo you may have read about but certainly didn’t check out yourself is part of a federal investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 35-year-old Florida man who is accused of hacking into online accounts of various celebrities.

CNN reports the suspect is accused of violating the privacy of more than 50 people, including several celebrities, swiping private movie scripts, financial info, pictures and conversations. Feds say the man was able to break into the accounts by monitoring celebrities via social networking accounts and other sites. The man was able to cobble together leads by identifying usernames and password clues from the celebrities’ activity. Once he allegedly broke into one celebrity’s email account, he would dig up information and contacts that led to more accounts.

At U.S. District Court in Jacksonville, Fla., he was indicted on charges of computer hacking for gain, aggravated identify theft and illegal wiretapping. He was released on bond and is forbidden from using any devices with online access.

FBI makes arrest after Johansson, Aguilera e-mails hacked [CNN]

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  1. samonela says:

    Forbidden from using any devices with online access?

    Just go ahead and give me the death penalty…

  2. WraithSama says:

    Facing a potentially over 120-year sentence for hacking celebrity phones and email accounts. Wow. Interestingly, even though one of the charges against him is apparently “computer hacking for gain”, I heard that he actually made no attempts to blackmail or profit in any way from this. He simply did it for the kicks.

    • The hand that feeds, now with more bacon says:

      Identity theft? That seems like a stretch too. Unless he sent emails from the celebrities’ email accounts to other celebrities to try and get more info…

      • StarKillerX says:

        Actually I’ve seen identify theft charges used before for accessing another person’s account, I think the idea behind it is that your pretending to be the authorized user.

    • StarKillerX says:

      Let’s not cloud the truth, the 121 years is due to 26 different counts and also that’s the maximum, and if he gets sentenced to 10% of that, if convicted, it would be surprising.

    • Ed says:

      If he only did it for kicks, how did some of the pics land on the web?

      No, he did it for bragging rights. Let him rot.

  3. Cat says:

    If he hacked 100 “Average Joe’s” e-mail accounts, nobody would have done a damn thing, and in the unlikely event he was caught, he would not be facing anything more than a slap on the wrist.

    Celebrity has it’s privileges.

    So, where are these nude photos of which they speak?…

  4. TheWillow says:

    does he work for newscorp?

  5. Excuse My Ambition Deficit Disorder says:

    Is it really considered hacking, if you figure out what their passwords are by deducing from their public on line activities? Not to say what he did was right, but I don’t think it’s hacking if one is smarter than a celebrity.

    • StarKillerX says:

      Yes, just as it’s still theft if someone takes you car after you left the keys in it.

    • SabreDC says:

      Yes, of course. Why wouldn’t it be?

      Was it his account? No. Did he have authorization from the account owner to access it? No. Therefore, did he access a computer system without authorization (which is how many states and federal entities define “hacking”)? Yes.

    • Nobody can say "Teehee" with a straight face says:

      Is it really robbery, if you figure out where they hide their house keys by monitoring their movements?

      Same thing, really… They pieced together information they obtained through public avenues, then broke in to a place of expected privacy and stole something (In this case personal information/pictures).

  6. Exceptional Vampire Does Not Sparkle says:

    OP figured out that scarlet’s boyfriend’s password was “B00bies” And he went from there :D

  7. Blueskylaw says:

    I had my email account hacked and I was barely able to get through to my provider.
    How are celebrities different from me? Ohh wait, never mind…

  8. areaman says:

    The email/internet aspect of this makes it seem less of a Florida story.

  9. radish01001 says:

    If he did, we probably wouldn’t know about this. :

  10. StarKillerX says:

    This case has me very conflicted, I mean on the one hand I oppose hacking and violating people’s privacy but on the other anything that gets us pics of Scarlett Johansson naughty bits can’t be bad can it? lol!

    Also I have to wonder in cases like this, if he hacked into the accounts of more then 50 people then why only 26 counts? Also is that 26 counts of each (computer hacking, identity theft and wiretapping) or 26 counts total?

  11. DrPizza says:

    What kind of person is stupid enough to have nude photos of themselves on their phone?

    Answer: The kind of person stupid enough to have an easily guessed password.