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

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In case you’ve been hiding under a very strong iCloud password over the last couple of days, you might have heard about one of the biggest celebrity hacks of all time.

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 FindlayMary 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:

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.”

Justice and Grande have both said that the pictures are fake, although Lawrence’s spokesperson verified their authenticity.

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".