Scarlett Johansson speaks out against hackers
That invasion of privacy is a crime, is not a secret. However, this does not prevent petty “criminals” to invade others’ personal lives without a second thought, using information gleaned in this underhanded manner to blackmail them. Thanks to the internet and other methods of wireless communication, invading someone else’s privacy is no longer difficult, if you have the knowhow. There are scores of instances of someone’s private information being accessed by criminals who use it to their advantage and while many such cases go unnoticed or unreported simply because people do not know what to do, when it happens to high profile people such as celebrities, not only does the event get highly publicized but there is ample scope for justice.
When a celebrity’s private life is hacked into, and his or her personal information appropriated unlawfully, that information is typically leaked online and almost everybody gets access to it. With celebs, more often than not, the information is in shape of compromising photographs which are terribly humiliating. While there is generally a hue and cry over such incidents, usually the uproar dies down and it is accepted as a part and parcel of a celebs life.
This attitude is perhaps what gives hackers the gumption to carry on with their deceitful work. Speaking out against this crime is useful, especially if celebs do it because it does end with the hacker being caught and sentenced, which in turn sends out an important message to those who practice cyber crime – that they too can be in very hot water. This is important because celebs are not the only targets of cyber crime, it happens to scored of men and women all over the world and precious little is done about it unless the crime takes on a monstrous avatar and supplements other crimes such as murder or rape.
One such celeb to recently speak out vociferously against cyber crime is Scarlett Johansson. Christopher Chaney, the 35 year old talented hacker who is guilty of infiltrating at least 50 celebrity accounts was caught distributing nude photographs of Scarlett which she had saved on her computer and in her email account. These photos were private property, which Scarlett had taken and sent to her then husband Ryan Reynolds.
Chaney had hacked into Reynolds’ account and obtained the photos which he then forwarded to other hackers and celebrity websites. Scarlett deemed his actions perverted and humiliating and urged her peers to speak out against hacking and cyber crime.
This had a very positive effect as other celebs who had been affected by Chaney also spoke out against him including Christina Aguilera and Renee Olstead who sent in taped statements and appeared in court respectively.
Though security agents and the government repeatedly warns against disseminating such intensely private information online, the fact that Christopher Chaney was incarcerated for 10 years for his crimes is an encouraging outcome to the case and it was essentially Scarlett’s testimony that helped launch a massive manhunt for him and his subsequent arrest.
Apparently, Chaney pleaded that he has become addicted to spying on celebrities and was relieved when he was arrested and his computer taken away because apparently he didn’t know how to stop. Operation Hackerazzi arrested Chaney in 2011 in October and he was charged with 28 counts related to hacking and asked to pay upwards of $40,000 to his victims as restitution.