Celeb Hacker 'Deeply' Sorry: 'It Eats at Me'

Christopher Chaney says snooping became uncontrollable

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 13, 2011 3:41 PM CDT

(Newser) – The man arrested by the FBI for Hollywood hacking has offered a lengthy apology for what he calls an "addiction" he couldn't control. "I deeply apologize," Christopher Chaney told a CNN affiliate. "I know what I did was probably one of the worst invasions of privacy someone could experience. These people don't have privacy to begin with. And I was in that little sliver of privacy they do have."

The habit "started as curiosity and it turned into just being, you know, addicted to seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with these people you see on the big screen every day," Chaney said. His goal wasn't to "get stuff to sell or purposely put it on the Internet"—though officials say he offered material to celebrity blogs. When officials took his computer, he was "almost relieved." Chaney's arrest was part of the FBI's "Operation Hackerazzi" to catch celebrity snoopers.

U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., left, and an FBI official announce the arrest of Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla.
U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr., left, and an FBI official announce the arrest of Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla.   (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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Scarlett Johansson saw nude photos of herself show up online.   (Getty Images)
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