Breaking News & Gossip on Pop Culture, Arts, Music, Theater, Film&TV, Fashion, Events | TheImproper.com

TODAY’S TOP NEWS

Subscribe To TheImproper's Email Newsletters, Free!
 
CELEBRITIES

Scarlett Johansson Hacker Christoper Haney: Does Punishment Fit Crime?

Hackers Will Now Have Second Thoughts About Similar Stunts

scarlett johansson front Scarlett Johansson Hacker Christoper Haney: Does Punishment Fit Crime? Scarlett Johansson hacker Christopher Chaney will spend up to 10 years in prison for cracking the code on dozens of celebrity email accounts and uncovering a trove of nude photos. He argued in defense that it was an uncontrollable addiction.

Miley Cyrus, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato were among some 50 celebrities who fell victim to Chaney’s hacking prowess.

He posted some of the photos online, and they promptly went viral much to the chagrin of the celebrities whose privacy was invaded. For that, U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero sentenced the Florida native to 10 years in prison and ordered him to pay $66,179 in restitution, according to various reports.

He argued that his hacking was tantamount to an addiction over which he had no control, but ended up pleading guilty to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping. Ironically, Haney was able to crack so many email accounts by using information publicly available over the Internet.

Even so, celebrities like Johansson, who has never appeared nude in a movie, said the hacker went too far. “Just because you’re an actor or make films or whatever doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to your own personal privacy,” she said. “If that is seized in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong.”

The line is nothing if not blurry on privacy when it comes celebrities who lead very public lives to begin with. But the court drew a clear line against using illegal means to pry.

“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,” Aguilera said in a statement prior to the sentencing.

While the punishment may seem severe, Chaney could have faced up to 60 years in prison. Prosecutors had asked for a six-year sentence. But the judge took into account that Haney continued his activities after the FBI arrested him. That amounted to a “callous disregard” for his actions, the judge said.




CHECK OUT THESE TOP STORIES FROM THE WEB
  • Jason

    To answer the question, “Does the punishment fit the crime”…yes.

  • Abu

    Google was caught hacking into people computers via their Street View vehicle. The vehicle was going around downloading people’s private data. Zero punishment for Google.

  • http://twitter.com/ScallywagNYC Scallywagandvagabond (@ScallywagNYC)

    What has struck me as interesting is the reaction of many commentators who have argued that the sentencing was out of kilter with other security breach and privacy crimes, wall st crimes, white collar crimes, etc and the fact that performers like Johansson seek ‘free’ publicity.

    Then again it’s one thing to seek free publicity of one’s film career but another thing all together of what goes on behind closed doors. Let’s not confuse the role of performers as that as the be all and end all of complete public spectacle, in the end they are human with their own need to privacy and identity outside of those wrought by the media and peeping toms…

Subscribe!
To TheImproper Newsletters, Free!
Choose Your News
Just Enter your Email Address and Click Subscribe

All Improper News & Gossip
Top Arts News & Gossip
Top Theater News & Gossip
Top Music News & Gossip
Top Fashion News & Gossip
Top Film News & Gossip
Improper Dining Guide
Improper Top NYC Events

Delivered by FeedBurner


  Subscribe
To TheImproper's Email Newsletters, Free!

Bookmark Us!
  Article Reprints