Man to plead guilty for celeb hackings

2012-03-23 12:11

Los Angeles - A man has agreed to plead guilty to charges he hacked into the e-mail accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the Internet.

A plea agreement filed on Thursday in a Los Angeles federal court says 35-year-old Christopher Chaney has agreed to plead guilty to nine counts, including wire-tapping and unauthorised access to a computer.

Chaney faces up to 60 years in prison.

A hearing was set for Monday.

Chaney was arrested as part of a year long investigation of celebrity hacking that authorities dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi".

Prosecutors say there were more than 50 victims, including Johansson. Nude photos she had taken of herself were posted on the internet.