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Florida Man Arrested in ScarJo Hackerazzi Case Released on Bail (Update 2)

Christopher Chaney is released from jail on bond — but a judge bans him from having access to computers or any devices with internet access

Updated 4:56 p.m. PT

The man accused of sneaking into email accounts belonging to Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and other celebrities, was released from jail after his first appearance in federal court in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday.

But he's not allowed to have access to a computer or any device with internet access.

Christopher Chaney was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond. In addition to being told to keep away from the internet, he was ordered not to engage in any new criminal activity.

He's also banned from using controlled substances, from using alcohol excessively and from possessing firearms.

While he's on bond, he is subject to drug testing, treatment and evaluation and he can't live alone. His travel is restricted to the Jacksonville area and the Los Angeles area. He has to return to court Friday in Jacksonville.

Updated 1:12 p.m. PT

A Florida man has been indicted on charges of sneaking into the email accounts of more than 50 celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Rene Olstead, federal officials announced Wednesday.

Pictures of a naked Johansson made their way to the internet in September.

FBI agents arrested Christopher Chaney, 35, Wednesday morning after an 11-month investigation.

One day earlier, a federal grand jury indicted him on 26 counts.

Investigators say that Cheney used publicly available sources to find information about the celebrities and used that information to gain access to their Yahoo, Apple and Google email accounts.

He'd then set the forwarding feature to send him a copy of every e-mail the celebrities received, the indictment says. That way, he kept receiving forwarded emails even after passwords had been changed.

They charted the "hackerazzi" scheme in a press conference Wednesday. (Reuters photos.)

According to an FBI statement, "Chaney distributed some of the files he obtained illegally, including photos of celebrities, and offered them to various celebrity blog sites. Some of the illegally obtained files, including private photographs, were ultimately posted online."

In addition to Aguilera, Johansson, Kunis and Olstead, Chaney is accused of stealing information from stylist Simone Harouche and several people identified only by their initials: B.P., J.A., L.B. and L.S. The actress Jessica Alba was reportedly targeted.

Chaney, who used the names "trainreqsuckswhat," "anonygrrl" and "jaxjaguars911," faces 121 years in federal prison if convicted on all counts.


The FBI's investigation into who hacked into Scarlett Johansson's telephone and stole naked pictures of the actress has resulted in an arrest.

The bureau plans to announce federal charges today in "Operation Hackerazzi."

In September, pictures of the 26-year-old actress surfaced on the internet.

The bureau began investigating months earlier, though. In March, the bureau learned that a hacker (or hackers) had gained access to private information, including nude photos and videos, of 50 female celebrities.

Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, Ali Larter and Demi Lovato were also reportedly targeted.