He's accused of hacking into the email accounts of some top celebrities, including Scarlett Johansson and Christina Aguilera. Now the Florida man is apologizing for what he says he did.
So what would you do with the information you found in those emails?
"It was nothing. It was almost like reading a completely uncensored blog. I mean, I wasn't saving archives of emails to maybe blackmail someone," says Christopher Chaney, accused hacker.
In an exclusive interview with Christopher Chaney, he told us why he hacked the personal emails of Hollywood celebrities.
"It started as curiosity, and turned into just being addicted to seeing behind the scenes of what was going on, with these people you see on the big screen," Chaney says.
Chaney's thrill for celebrities turned into such a strong addiction, he said he didn't know how to stop.
FBI agents say Chaney hijacked the forwarding feature of the email accounts of Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and 48 others.
He says when they received a message, so did he. But he tells action news he never sold any of the information of pictures he found.
"I don't know how my emails got ahold of but someone contacted me, wanting the pictures to sell. This was someone who apparently did it for a living, I don't even know who it was," Chaney says.
Did you ever sell any of those pictures?
"No, I didn't give that person any pictures, I didn't sell them. I never wanted to sell or release any images," Chaney says.
Bottom line, Chaney says he knows what he did was wrong. His star fascination led to Hollywood hacking, but now the spotlight is on him, as he's facing some serious charges.
"I deeply apologize. I know what I did was possibly one of the worst invasions of privacy a person could experience. I'm not trying to escape what I did, I know what I did and that it was wrong, and I just have to face that and go forward," Chaney says.
Chaney is charged with accessing protected computers without authorization, wiretapping and aggravated identity theft. If convicted on all counts, he would face a maximum of 121 years in federal prison.
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