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Scarlett Johansson Nude Photo Hacker Did it for the Thrill, Cops Say

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By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on October 12, 2011 12:32 PM

The man who nabbed stars Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson's nude photos has been caught. The "hackerazzi" was arrested by the FBI earlier this week.

The man allegedly lives in Florida but will be charged for his crimes in California. Authorities say that he acted alone and not for financial gain.

The FBI arrest comes after what was dubbed "Operation Hackerazzi." Federal investigators became involved in the case when multiple Hollywood stars had their computers and mobile phones hacked. Johansson was one of the stars who had private nude photos leaked.

In total, the case could involve more than 50 celebrities.

What exactly makes the phone hackings a crime? For one, the hackerazzi illegally infiltrated the stars' phones and computers. In most states, hacking into computers is a crime.

And the photos that were stolen were private. So the hacking could be considered an invasion of privacy. Whether you are a Hollywood A-lister or a horny college student, you clearly mean for your nude phone pics to be private.

If the hackerazzi had been trying to profit off of the photos (apparently he wasn't), he could also have been violating a star's right to publicity. Individuals have the right to control their public image. They also have the right to retain profits from commercial appropriation of their identity. Someone illegally selling their photos could be violating this right.

But authorities say so far their investigation has revealed that the Florida hacker never received any money for the leaked Scarlett Johansson nude photos. They say that the man did it just for the thrill. More details of the hackerazzi arrest will likely be revealed as the case against him proceeds.

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