Jennifer Lawrence contacts authorities after nude photos hacked
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[September 02, 2014]
By Ian Simpson
(Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress
Jennifer Lawrence has contacted authorities to investigate who stole
and posted nude images of her online, a spokeswoman said on Monday,
part of a reported mass hacking of celebrities' intimate photos.
Online pictures of the actress, 24, who won an Academy Award
for "Silver Linings Playbook" and stars in "The Hunger Games"
movie franchise, began appearing on Sunday. The source of the
hack was unclear.
Images purporting to be of dozens of other female actresses,
models and athletes were also posted. The authenticity of many
could not be confirmed.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have
been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen
photos of Jennifer Lawrence," spokeswoman Liz Mahoney said in an
emailed statement. She did not say who was contacted.
A spokesman for the FBI said the agency "is aware of the
allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful
release of material involving high profile individuals, and is
addressing the matter."
Model Kate Upton was among celebrities whose photos were posted
online. Her lawyer, Lawrence Shire, called them "an outrageous
violation" of her privacy.
"We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these
illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible," he
said in a statement.
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The photos were posted on the image-sharing forum 4chan. Britain's
Mirror website quoted the anonymous uploader as saying on the site
he or she was a collector, not the hacker.
The uploader said the photos had generated $120 in bitcoin, a
digital currency, but added: "I really didn't get close to what I
NBC News said Apple Co iCloud accounts had apparently been hacked to
get the photos. Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said in an email: "We
take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead said on Twitter that nude photos of
her were also posted online. She said the photos had long been
"I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling
for everyone who got hacked," said Winstead, who starred in
"Smashed" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Additional reporting by
Christina Farr and Hilary Russ; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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