Man Charged in Celebrity Hacking Case

Alonzo Knowles, 23, has been charged with stealing private information from 130 people, including rapper 50 Cent.
2:13 | 12/24/15

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Now turning to a massive hacking case targeting big name celebrities. A man charged with stealing personal information and trying to sell it. T.j. Holmes has the story. Good morning. Think about the stuff in your e-mail accounts right now. The people you talk to. The things you say to them. If somebody steals our e-mail maybe nobody wants to pay for what's in our accounts but there was a guy, one guy in the Bahamas with a computer stealing celebrity information and e-mail accounts and he was being pretty confident there was going to be a Marc and people willing to pay for the information he was stealing. This could have been a holiday disaster for a host of red carpet regulars. A new hacking case that could have exposed piles of private information, scripts and even a sex tape. It was apparent to us from our initial contact with Mr. Knowles he had a great deal of sensitive information. Reporter: Federal authorities charged alanzo Knowles with stealing private information from 130 people including three NBA players, one NFL player and rapper 50 cent. It was our goal to include this as quickly as possible. Reporter: An undercover operation according to authorities exposed Knowles was trying to sell information for thousands of dollars. The question is, what are you going to make of yourself. Reporter: Including six scripts for 50 cent's show on the STARZ network "Power," 30 unreleased tracks, five unpublished movie and TV script, even social security Numbers and, yes, sex tapes. Federal authorities acted quickly after last year's Sony's hack released information daily embarrassing studio executive and Hollywood a-listers like Jennifer Lawrence, George Clooney and Angelina Jolie including e-mails, associate security Numbers and salary information. The government was able to shut it down before devastating damage was done. It could have been a very, very, very serious hack. In some cases we've seen they use tricks and hack into accounts and some of these cases he just tricked the celebrities into giving up their passwords, their e-mail accounts by texting them and they believed they were talking to someone legitimate. Just always be careful. Always be careful. Thank you. High altitude survival story involves two hikers who got

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