Hollywood is rejoicing after the "Hollywood Hacker" (a.k.a. Christopher Chaney) was handed a harsh prison sentence.
Between November 2010 and October 2011, Chris accessed the personal email accounts of 50 people in the entertainment industry, including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera, and posted their revealing photos and other personal information on the internet. Yesterday, a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison. "It's hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this," said U.S. District Judge S. James Otero, according to ABC News. "These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking."
Scarlett testified at the trial after nude photos meant for herself and then-husband Ryan Reynolds were leaked online by Chris. "I have been truly humiliated and embarrassed," she tearfully said in a videotaped statement. "I find Christopher Chaney's actions to be perverted and reprehensible."
Christina also provided a written statement after Chris hacked the email account of her stylist and asked the singer for racy photographs, which he then posted online. "That feeling of security can never be given back and there is no compensation that can restore the feeling one has from such a large invasion of privacy," she said.
Chris apologized before the sentencing, but denied also hacking the email accounts of two women he knew personally. The judge said he felt the sentence was particularly appropriate since he continued to pursue his victims after the FBI had seized his computer.
Do you think 10 years sounds about right for this sentence?
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