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A man who claims to have hacked Miley Cyrus' Gmail account has been arrested on unrelated charges.
updated 1/6/2011 1:16:43 PM ET 2011-01-06T18:16:43

A man who bragged about hacking into Miley Cyrus' e-mail account and distributing revealing pictures of her has been arrested on unrelated charges, according to court documents.

Josh Holly, 21, was arrested Thursday in Nashville and charged with possession of unauthorized credit card account numbers after FBI agents reviewed evidence obtained when they searched his computer.

In an FBI affidavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Nashville, Agent Victor Rodriguez writes that Holly acknowledged hacking into Cyrus' MySpace account. Court documents also said he bragged online and to the media about obtaining photos of Cyrus from her Gmail account in late 2007 and later posting them on a site frequented by hackers.

"Holly made numerous admissions during the interview," Rodriguez writes in the affidavit dated January 2009. "He confirmed that he was the person who had obtained data from Miley Cyrus' MySpace account without authorization."

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So far, he does not face charges relating to Cyrus, but the intrusion into her account was used by agents to obtain permision to search his seized computer equipment.

Holly was released on his own recognizance on Monday and has a preliminary hearing set for Jan. 12. No phone listing could be found for him or a relative appointed as his custodian. His attorney didn't immediately return a message left late Tuesday.

Cyrus' publicist had no comment on the arrest.

According to the affidavit, Holly said in media interviews and Internet postings that he first hacked Cyrus' MySpace account around December 2007. He obtained a password from that account and used it to hack her Gmail account, where he obtained revealing photos of her that were subsequently widely distributed on the Internet.

Rodriguez writes that Holly told him he often hacked into the Internet accounts of celebrities to help with his job sending spam for commercial companies.

"He often used accounts belonging to celebrities because of the high volume of Internet traffic they attracted," Rodriguez writes.

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And he says a review of Holly's bank records show he received payments of over $110,000 between Nov. 2007 and July 2008 from companies that paid him to send spam for them.

The affidavit said Rodriguez found approximately 200 credit card account numbers and related personal information on his computer, and he appears to have used at least some of them to make purchases over the Internet.

FBI spokesman Scott Augenbaum declined to say if Holly would face charges related to hacking Cyrus' e-mail account. The charges Holly currently faces are felonies, while unauthorized access of an e-mail account is a less-serious misdemeanor.

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    Miley Cyrus performs on TODAY at Rockefeller Plaza in New York on Oct. 7, 2013. The singer/actress performed three songs, including "We Can't Stop," and spoke with Matt Lauer, telling him, "This is who I am. Being who you are is really easy, if you're true to that." (Charles Sykes / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The pink bear in the room

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  3. Flower child

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  4. Controverial Cyrus

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  5. Before the performance

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  8. Wink

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  9. Diva dive

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  10. Heeeere's Miley!

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  11. She's got the spirit

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  12. Blonde ambition

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  13. Her Aussie man

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  14. Punky 'do

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  15. All grown up

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  16. Love is grand

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  17. Glamour puss

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  18. Live and in person

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  19. Career tamer

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  20. Thigh high

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  21. Late night

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  22. Party in the U.S.A.

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  23. Birthday gal

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  24. Friends off-screen

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  26. Hand in the air

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  27. We are family

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  28. Dodging the slime

    Cyrus accepts the award for favorite movie actress at the Nickelodeon Annual Kids' Choice Awards on March 27, 2010. Somehow she managed to avoid the ceremony's famous slime, but presenters Katy Perry, left, and Jonah Hill weren't so lucky. (Matt Sayles / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  29. Miss Miley shows 'em how to do it

    Although she's just 17, Cyrus already has a career any of the "American Idol" wannabes would envy. She served as a guest mentor and performed on the March 24, 2010 show. (Michael Becker / PictureGroup) Back to slideshow navigation
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  31. Supporting the troops

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  32. Celebrity couple

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  33. Singing for Haiti

    Cyrus records her contribution to Simon Cowell's Help Haiti charity single, "Everybody Hurts." The star-studded British single, which raise money for victims of the earthquake in Haiti, is a cover of the R.E.M.'s 1993 ballad. The single made its debut on Feb. 2, 2010. (Austin Hargrave / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  34. Arm and arm

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  35. Meeting with the Queen

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  38. Walking for a cause

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  47. Inaugural gig

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  50. Song and the city

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  51. In your face

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  53. KIIS and yell

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  54. Queen of her Kingdom

    Cyrus signs autographs for young fans at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday, May 1, 2008. Cyrus was in town to promote the "Disney Channel Games," a made-for-television, Olympic-style competition that will air this summer on the Disney Channel. (Garth Vaughan / Disney via AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  55. A little bit country

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  57. Disney's jewel

    Cyrus works the red carpet at the 80th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008. She turns 18 in 2010, and her eventual rise to the status of billionaire is widely anticipated. (Kevork Djansezian / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  58. Girls just wanna have fun

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  59. Fan favorite

    Fans of Cyrus participate in the Ultimate Miley Party Bus Tour 2007 in Los Angeles on Nov. 7, 2007. Even in the annals of Disney's vaunted history of childhood icons, there's never been anyone quite like Hannah Montana. She landed on Billboard's list of the 20 top-earning artists of 2007 in the No. 11 spot with $64 million from her CD sales and tour receipts. (Danny Moloshok / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  60. Live, in 3-D

    Cyrus performs in a scene from her new movie "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." Tickets for the film, like her concerts, were a hot seller. The film made $31 million at the box office in its opening weekend. "This is like better than front row," Cyrus said of the 3-D film. "You could reach out and feel like you can touch my hand you could see me right then. Right there, right in front of you, which is so fun." (AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  61. Chart buster

    Cyrus makes an in-store appearance at the World of Disney store in New York on June 21, 2007. Disney's "Hannah Montana" album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, making it the first-ever TV soundtrack to accomplish such a feat. The album features eight songs performed by Cyrus as her on-screen alter ego. (Everett Collection) Back to slideshow navigation
  62. Tween superstar

    Cyrus, right, and Emily Osment, as Lilly Truscott, star in the "Hannah Montana" episode "Song Sung Bad." The show has become one of the most watched on cable TV. (Joel Warren / Disney Channel) Back to slideshow navigation
  63. Art imitates life

    Billy Ray and Miley star in a season two episode of the "Hannah Montana" show on the Disney Channel entitled ''Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas.'' Miley stars as Miley Stewart, a preteen who lives a secret life as a pop star, and Billy Ray stars as her dad and manager, Robby Stewart. (Joel Warren / Disney Channel) Back to slideshow navigation
  64. Special visit

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  65. Baby billionaire-to-be

    Billy Ray and Miley attend the "Elvis Presley Tribute Concert" on Oct. 8, 1994, at Pyramid Arena in Memphis, Tenn. (Ron Galella / WireImage via Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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