|[Photo of Scarlett Johansson from wikipedia]|
Did you hear the big news? According to various news reports, yesterday, F.B.I. agents arrested a 35 year-old Jacksonville, Florida man, Christopher Chaney, on federal charges related to his alleged hacking into the computers and email accounts of various Hollywood celebrities, including actresses Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera. No doubt, you will recall that, for some time, nude photographs and other information had been posted online about the celebrities.
Of course, Chaney, who was released on a $10,000 bond, is entitled to a presumption of innocence and to his fair day in court. But, as a former federal prosecutor, I look forward to following what happens in this celebrity computer hacking case!
One lesson to be learned from this matter involves computer email account passwords. According to news reports, the perpetrator in these cases was able to guess the celebrities' passwords, (and hack into their email accounts), based upon public information which he acquired about each of them. Therefore, we can all learn that it is important for us to create more complex passwords! Don't you agree?
Has your computer even been hacked? Have you ever been a victim of identity theft?