Carly Rae Jepsen reported target of Abbotsford computer hacker

Steve Mertl
Daily BrewDecember 11, 2012
"Call Me Maybe"
"Call Me Maybe," a catchy teen pop tune by Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, became part of the pop culture landscape, thanks to lip-dub versions that went viral. (Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

A British Columbia man is facing harassment charges in a computer-hacking case linked to Mission, B.C., pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen.

Vancouver police issued a release Tuesday that Abbotsford resident Christopher David Long, 25, has been charged with fraudulently obtaining telecommunications services, unauthorized use of a computer, mischief of data, identity fraud and possession of stolen property.

Police said the charges related to an investigation launched last March after they received a report of harassment of a "local, well-known celebrity."

They would not identify the celebrity but several media outlets say the alleged target was the Call Me Maybe singer, who hails from Mission, a few minutes northwest of Abbotsford.

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CTV News reported that in March, Jepsen's representatives contacted Vancouver police. Police identified a suspect in the hacking incident in July after fake online images and a phony sex tape were released, CTV News said.

The Vancouver Province said police confirmed several months ago they were investigating a man believed to have stolen photos off Jepsen's computer.

There was no reaction on Jepsen's Twitter feed initially Tuesday.

The 27-year-old singer and Canadian Idol contestant leapt to stardom on the strength of the heavily played 2011 single Call Me Maybe, which has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.