Image sharing website 4chan has been the breeding ground for many hacking attempts and ‘social justice campaigns’ in the past. Recently users of the large scale image board have been seen to be posting brand new, illegally obtained nude photographs of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.
These images are said to have come around through a hack into celebrities iCloud accounts and mobile phones, surfacing on 4chan and Reddit this morning.
Thanks to Mashable, we obtained a statement from Jennifer Lawrence’s spokesperson:
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
It’s unlikely that these hackers will be caught easily – as we’ve seen numerous times in a past, it’s in their best interest to take all measures they can to hide their identities, but we can’t completely count out the possibility of justice being served.
According to those involved, there is quite a large portion of A-list celebrities set to be effected by this hack, those including:
Aly and AJ Michalka, Aubrey Plaza, Abby Elliott, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Brie Larson, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Emily Ratjakowski, Farrah Abraham, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Pannettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kayley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Wynona Ryder, Alison Brie and Dave Franco.
Some celebrities have confirmed the images are real, some have denied but it’s obvious that they’re all not happy.
Since the outbreak of these photos, Twitter has taken action to remove accounts created to spread these leaked images and Apple has provided no comment on possible loopholes within their iCloud service.
This story is ongoing, we’ll keep you all updated. But I guess one question needs to be asked. If you’re an A-list celeb, why are you taking naked pictures in this day and age?
Image courtesy of 4chan