Chaney collected numerous private photographs, business contracts, letters, scripts, driver's license information and Social Security Numbers from the accounts he hacked. Some of the photos, including nude pictures of Johansson were sent to and published by celebrity gossip websites.
In 2008, Tennessee college student David Kernell accessed an email account belonging to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and took screen shots of the contents of several Palin emails and posted them online. At the time, Palin was the GOP's vice presidential nominee.
Kernell was convicted on hacking charges and sentenced to a year in prison.
Last year, a hacker broke into a personal email account linked to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Similar attacks were reporting during the run up to 2008 presidential elections as well.
In such attacks, hackers generally access celebrity accounts by correctly guessing password reset questions. Chaney for instance used publicly available information on the celebrities to correctly answer the security questions needed to reset the passwords to Gmail, Apple and Yahoo email accounts.
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