Scarlett Johansson Naked Photos Hacker Got What He Deserved

scarlett JohanssonAfter much brouhaha over the nude photos of Scarlett Johansson, a Florida man has been charged with releasing the pics. The 35-year-old, Christopher Chaney, was arrested after an 11-month investigation by the FBI dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi" and allegedly hacked into 50 separate victims' accounts, including Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera. Whoa. No wonder the fed was taking this so seriously, huh? And no wonder his potential punishment is so severe. If he's convicted, Chaney may face 121 YEARS in jail!

See, they aren't kidding around. In fact, U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte calls this guy and others who engage in similar activity "scum," noting that the way they're handling this case "helps get out the message that cyber-hacking is a real threat." Well, yeah, it IS. But more importantly, whatever shape Chaney's trial takes might demonstrate that invasion of digital privacy is also a serious offense.

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The FBI can't just go after a guy like this who targets celebs but turn their back when regular people suffer from similar but different threats, like being cyber-bullied or stalked or even having their personal information stored and sold by corporations, social networks, etc. We, but also the government, have to be vigilant about various "cyber threats" regular people encounter all the time. And hackers have to be more afraid, too!

All too often, people like this Chaney guy probably think, "Eh, it's just something naughty I'm doing here from my laptop in my basement in Florida. Who cares? There are scandalous pics of celebs online all the time. I can't get caught or even if I do, I won't really be punished." That's gotta change. 

With hope, there is a little bit of good that could come from this case. With hope, it'll prove that hacking that compromises individuals' privacy IS a serious crime -- recognized as such by the government and punished as such in a court of law.

Do you think the government should come down harder on hackers and companies that invade our digital privacy?

 

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