Earlier in the day on Sunday, a 4Chan user used the image sharing website as a platform to announce that nude photos of major celebrities like Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Sports Illustrated cover girl Kate Upton had been successfully hacked and “leaked” to the Internet. As was noted by USA Today the day of the leak (Aug. 31), some of the stars given unauthorized exposure admit that the nude photos of them are real, while some adamantly contend that theirs are fake.
Apparently, the photos of Jennifer Lawrence are real. “This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s reps Bryna Rifkin and Liz Mahoney said in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
And the “Silver Linings Playbook” actress isn’t the only major celebrity that has admitted the nude photos posted are the real deal. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the actress most famous for her roles in two of the “Die Hard” movies, took to Twitter to berate note only the individual responsible for hacking her private photos but anyone looking at them.
“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 wrote. This was followed by: “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.”
“Everyone who got hacked” turns out to be a long list. Celebrities on the list of leaked nude photos thus far include the aforementioned Jennifer Lawrence, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kate Upton. There are also naked shots of singer Ariana Grande, singer and actress Victoria Justice, actress Kirsten Dunst, “Warm Bodies” actress Teresa Palmer, and “Breaking Bad” actress Krysten Ritter.
Ariana Grande’s rep told Buzzfeed via email that the photos of the chart-topping singer and “iCarly” actress” were “completely fake.”
Victoria Justice also denied the authenticity of the nude photos supposedly of her. She posted to Twitter: “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”
The unidentified source of the “leak” claims to have breached Apple’s iCloud security and copied the nude photos, according to Forbes. There is also a claim of a “Master List,” which is being used to threaten further exposure. There are dozens of names on the list, including “Glee” actress Lea Michelle, child star Mary Kate Olsen, actress Wynona Ryder, actress Vanessa Hudgens, “Bing Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco, actress Gabrielle Union, Kim Kardashian, singer Rihanna, actress Kate Bosworth, actress Hayden Panattiere, “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deely, and a “full set of 32 pics” of gold medalist Hope Solo.
In response to an inquiry from Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Police Department said they had “no knowledge” of hacking “at this time.” The FBI told the Post they could not confirm or deny reports of the hack. Regardless of whether or not authorities are aware of the hacking of the celeb nude photos, the hacker claims that the naked photos of others will be released for money.