Christopher Chaney, allegedly stole nude photos of Johansson, which surfaced earlier this year and hijacked a forwarding feature on their Google, Yahoo and Apple accounts, which sent copies of every e-mail that was sent to him 'virtually instantaneously. The 35-year-old allegedly used the hacker names 'trainreqsuckswhat,' ''anonygrrl' and 'jaxjaguars911,' and also used the victims' identities to illegally access and control computers.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte, who called those who engage in such activity as "scum' adding: 'It helps get out the message that cyber-hacking is a real threat."
He added that Chaney, who was picked up as part of a yearlong investigation of celebrity hacking that was dubbed 'Operation Hackerazzi' had targetted at least 50 people, along with the celebrities.
It was unclear whether he had profited from his hacking, although he had offered some material to celebrity blog sites but there is no evidence that he profited from his scheme, said Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Los Angeles office.
"Celebrity information is highly marketable," said Martinez, who added his office continues to receive complaints about celebrities' having their personal information breached.
He has now been charged with 26 counts of identity theft, unauthorized access to a protected computer and wiretapping and faces up to 121 years in prison if he's convicted.