MARCH 27 2012 03:33h

Man pleads guilty to celeb e-mail hacking

Man pleads guilty to celeb e-mail hacking

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LOS ANGELES, March 26 (UPI) -- A Florida man pleaded guilty Monday in a federal court in Los Angeles to nine counts of computer hacking and wiretapping involving celebrities, officials said.

Actress Scarlett Johansson and singer Christina Aguilera were among the 50 people in the entertainment industry whose e-mail accounts 35-year-old Christopher Chaney admitted he illegally accessed starting in 2010, KTLA, Los Angeles reported.

In addition to reading private e-mails, Chaney accessed nude photos of some people, including Johansson, and circulated them on the Internet.

Chaney was taken into police custody and is to be sentenced July 23, the TV station reported.

He faces as much as 60 years in prison, and fines and restitution of about $2.5 million.