The world was rocked this weekend by a phone hacking scandal that has many celebrities terrified. An anonymous hacker posted a list on the popular site 4chan of 101 female celebrities that he had obtained private photos of.
Though he did not post pictures of every celebrity on his list, the hacker was still able to grab the world’s attention by uploading nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence. The photos show the Academy Award winning actress in a series of provocative poses as she wears little to no clothing.
According to The Daily Mail, Lawrence’s publicist released a statement confirming that the photos are real and expressing horror that they were stolen.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” a spokesperson said in an email.
The hacker is believed to have obtained the photos from apple’s iCloud, a system that stores a users photos, emails, and other information in a “cloud” that allows them to sync it on multiple programs.
However, these photos are nothing compared to what else the hacker might have. On Sunday, he claimed that he has a video of Jennifer Lawrence performing a sex act, and that he is accepting online payments to send the video to users privately.
“I know no one will believe me, but i have a short lawrence (sic) video,” the hacker wrote. “Is (sic) way too short, a little over 2 minutes and you only get to see her boobs.”
“Anyways, if somebody wants it let me know how i can upload it anonymously (i dont want the FBI over me, and you dont (sic) wanna know how I got this video.)”
Though Lawrence has received the most attention so far, other celebrities such as Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have also had their pictures published by the phone hacker. A spokesperson for Upton released a statement on Sunday as well.
“This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton’s privacy,” the statement said. “We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.”
Instead of releasing a statement, Winstead took to twitter to express her frustrations.
“To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves,” she said.
Later on she added, “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”
Though some of the photos have been confirmed to be real, others are clearly fake. Former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, who also had nude photos released by the hacker, took to twitter on Sunday to clear her name.
“These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended.*”
She then retweeted a fan who compared the “fake” photos to real pictures of Justice, and pointed out the differences between them.
Regardless of the legitimacy of some of the pictures, this scandal has rocked the world and forced people to rethink what they post online, no matter how privately.
Apple has yet to release a statement, and it remains to be seen how this will affect their precious iCloud.
Check out the original list of celebrities that the hacker claims to have nude pictures of. It’s quite a group!