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Celebrity hacker pleads guilty, faces maximum 60-year sentence

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The man accused of hacking into the email accounts of Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera has plead guilty to nine charges and faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Flickr Mila Kunis
Flickr Mila Kunis

Christopher Chaney made headlines when he was arrested for hacking into the email accounts of several celebrities in an operation the FBI dubbed "Hackerazzi." Now he has pleaded guilty to nine felony charges in Florida and could face up to 60 years in prison. According to the FBI, Chaney managed to gain access to the email accounts of Mila Kunis (pictured), Christina Aguilera, Scarlett Johansson, and more by using "publicly available sources" to find personal information. Once he knew a bit about the person (including their email address), he would choose the "forgot your password?" option and use the information to answer simple security questions.

This not only gave him access to personal data like emails and photos but also helped him collect contact information for other potential victims. Most of the time he would also change the account settings to make sure emails were still forwarded to him, even if the password was changed. Chaney's charges include wiretapping and unauthorized access to a protected computer and he can expect a sentence sometime in July.