4Chan naked photos leak: Celebrity Twitter reactions to the mass breach of privacy
Over 100 household names have been the target of online thieves, who have stolen scores of naked photographs and intimate videos
Over 100 household names have been the target of online thieves, who have stolen scores of naked photographs and intimate videos and posted them on the website 4Chan.
Several of the images – in particular, two of Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence – quickly circulated on Twitter.
Among others the list includes Ariana Grande, Jessica Brown Findlay, Mary E Winstead, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary E Winstead, Cara Delevingne, Kate Bosworth, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Kaley Cuoco.
The FBI and Apple are both conducting investigations into the apparent widespread invasion personal accounts thought to be connected to the iCloud service.
The anonymous hacker also admitted that they were unhappy with how much money he or she has made from circulating the stolen photographs via 4Chan.
Reactions from not only the celebrities presumed to be on the master list but also those shocked by the actions of users who have shared the intimate images have varied. While some laughed off speculation that the photographs of them were genuine, others condemned the hackers as “sex offenders” and “molesters” and said they felt violated by the leak.
Here’s a round-up of who’s said what thus far:
I def took the 1st pic w/ a robe; weight loss chronicle but the 2nd, sorry freaks, is not me. I wish I had that space between my thighs.Jill Scott (@missjillscott) September 4, 2014
Thank you iCloudKirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014
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.Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. pun intendedVictoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender.Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014
to every1 going on about my "nudes" "my m n g prices" neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao and tour details r comin soonAriana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
Don't worry bro, it would just be photos of food and other people's dogs anyway. pic.twitter.com/Ol1RChRM9SAnna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) September 1, 2014
Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.Emma Watson (@EmWatson) September 1, 2014
Shame on you if you think that because a woman chooses to celebrate the beauty of her naked body she deserves to have her privacy violated.Ashley Madekwe (@smashleybell) September 1, 2014
Posting pics hacked from someone's cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise.Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) August 31, 2014
Every time someone opens a stolen intimate nude photo of anyone. They are becoming a sexual molester. Participating in a group molestation.Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) September 1, 2014
People have the right to take whatever pics they want on their own phone. People don't have the right to hack them. Is it that hard?christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) September 1, 2014
Emma Watson also took to Twitter to voice her condemnation of the breach.
A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence, the most high-profile actress to be hacked, said: “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
Meanwhile, representatives for Upton said they were “looking into” the authenticity of the indecent images.
Ricky Gervais went on a back tracking spree on the social media site after he was criticised for 'victim blaming'.
Eva Longoria went one step further by sensationally claiming that an Apple store worker had accessed her personal details without her permission to find out how to get in touch with her.
Jill Scott quickly trended on Twitter after she admitted the first of her leaked images was an authentic snap taken to chart her weightloss.
Finally, Fifty Shades of Grey actor Jamie Dornan branded the actions of hackers "disgusting".
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