Nude photos of more than 100 A-list celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, have fallen victim to a hacker who is releasing their private photos.
According to CTV, A 4Chan user posted the trove of photos Sunday night, writing the celebrities were in “various states of undress” in the images. On Monday morning, many of the celebrities were shooting back against the alleged hack.
The list reportedly also includes: Kim Kardashian, Kate Upton, Rihanna, Cat Deeley, Mary Kate Olsen, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco and U.S. soccer star Hope Solo.
The anonymous hacker was able to gain access to Apple’s online storage system, iCloud.
“Even if you have deleted photos from your phone, often times they’ve already been uploaded into the cloud, and when you delete them from the phone, they continue to exist,” Director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Computer System Security Clifford Neuman told ABC News.
A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence,confirmed in a statement that the actress’s photos are authentic. But the spokesperson had sharp words for anyone thinking about posting the photos.”This is a flagrant violation of privacy … The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.“
According to Celebitchy.com, Kate Upton is following suit. Her rep revealed the published photos are “an outrageous violation” of Kate’s privacy.
Ariana Grande denied the photos were her on Twitter. “to every1 going on about my “nudes” & my “m&g prices” neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon” She wrote. “but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me…… love u but I’m praying for u
The 4Chan user claims to have more naked photos and videos and will share them in return for payment. The user claims in a post to not be the hacker, but to be merely a “collector.”