35-year old Christopher Chaney could also be looking at a $2.2m fine and further sums direct to his victims of between $15k and $400k. Unemployed Chaney is said by prosecutors to have hacked into the personal email accounts of more than 50 people in the public eye between November 2010 and October 2011.
Chaney, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, hacked into the celebrity email accounts by using the “forgot password” feature and then answering a series of security questions using information about the celebrities that was freely available. Once he had access to the account things then got much easier for the hacker as he could have a copy of each email they received automatically forwarded to a separate email account of his own so even if the password was later changed he was still receiving their correspondence. He also had access to their personal email contact list so this very quickly gave him access to even more celebrity email addresses.
He was then able to access any photos they had kept attached to their email messages and also pose as any of their contacts asking for photos directly. The prosecution have said that in one instance Chaney posed as the stylist Simone Harouche and asked for some scantily clothed photos to be sent to her.
Chaney kept all of these photos and a large amount of personal information on the celebrities on his computer hard drive. He then sent naked or revealing photos of various celebrities to celebrity news and gossip sites.
Chaney does seem to have been addicted to his online celebrity hacking as he continued to hack into private email accounts, including a celebrity known by the initials CB, even after he was interviewed by FBI agents and had confessed to his actions.
Chaney will be held in custody until he is sentenced by US District Judge S James Otero on 23 July.
Helen has received more press in recent weeks for wearing her trademark low-cut revealing tops on her nights out than for her acting roles but it seems that in the next few weeks it is her pairs of glasses that will be getting the attention.
She has been dressed up and styled to give her the “sexy secretary look” and in the campaign Helen is shown in a variety of outfits and also wearing a number of different pairs of glasses from the company’s range.
The new campaign has been launched to find Specsavers’ Spectacle Wearer of the Year for 2012. There are several shots of Helen in 60’s style clothing including one which is an homage to the classic photo of Christine Keeler sitting astride an Arne Jacobsen chair. Incidentally, the original Keeler photo did not use a genuine Arne Jacobsen due to copyright problems but she instead sat astride a copy with a hole cut out the back.
Helen seemed to have a really good weekend as she celebrated her boyfriend footballer Scott Sinclair’s birthday by having a meal with his family at top Indian restaurant The Mint Room in Bath. She has said that she is not interested in doing any topless modelling as that is to be kept for Scott’s eyes only. She did however add: “It’s not that I would never do it, and those sorts of pictures can look absolutely beautiful, but I’m an actress and I want to be taken seriously.”