The internet has gone bonkers for the last couple of hours – ever since oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence’s (and a few other celebrities) private photos surfaced on few anonymous photo sharing websites like 4chan and Reddit.
Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
From what it looks like Jennifer and other celebrities were targeted by a hacker specifically via their iCloud account – which is Apple’s default data backup service. Apparently, the celebrities had their private photos and videos uploaded on iCloud where from the hacker have been able to “leak” certain photos.
Online pictures of the actress Jennifer Lawrence, 24, who won an Academy Award for “Silver Linings Playbook” and stars in “The Hunger Games” movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday.
Who hacked Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos?
The source of the hack is still unclear however many websites have reported that it could be someone named “Bryan Hamade” as many members of the image sharing websites like 4Chan and Reddit have found evidence from his shared screenshots. However Bryan claims that he is innocent and has denied any association with the hack. Source – BuzzFeed
Images purporting to be of dozens of other female actresses, models and athletes were also posted to image sharing sites. The authenticity of many could not be confirmed.
As I write this, there are several threads on Reddit and 4Chan that are being flooded with “re-posts” of the originally shared pics and it looks like there’s no stopping it.
How safe is iCloud?
With the hack, many questions have arisen regarding the security of iCloud backup service. Apple has apparently fixed the bug (Source – HuffingtonPost) that let the hacker leak Jennifer’s and other celebrities private photos, but the bigger question is “will this repeat again”?
Where can I see Jennifer Lawrence leaked nude pictures?
This is probably the most searched term on the internet right now.
A word of caution if you are the one searching for them. According to the law, viewing/ sharing of such private data/information is punishable according to the law. So you might want to refrain from sharing them.
However, there are many threads on Reddit and 4Chan that keep popping up with the same pictures that were originally shared by the hacker. Most of the pictures are vague and cannot be “authenticated”. However, it doesn’t look like this is stopping people from sharing it online.
Which celebrities nude pictures have been hacked?
If one Reddit thread is to be believed. the following celebrities’ nude pictures have been posted and actively shared.
Alison Brie and Dave Franco, Ariana Grande, Aubrey Plaza, Bar Rafaeli, Becca Tobin, Brie Larson, Hope Solo, Jennette McCurdy, Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Ritter, Lea Michele, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, McKayla Maroney, Melissa Benoist, Olivia Munn, Selena Gomez, Teresa Palmer, Victoria Justice and Yvonne Strahovski.