Homeland Security probes hacking of actress Leslie
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[August 27, 2016]
By Gina Cherelus
(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is
investigating a new incident involving actress Leslie
Jones, who has been targeted by online abusers, after
hackers posted nude photos and personal information on
the "Ghostbusters" star's website.
"The investigation is currently ongoing. In order to protect
the integrity of the case, no further details are available at
this time," Rachel Yong You, a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said on Thursday in an
email to Reuters.
ICE, as the agency is known, is a branch of the Department of
Homeland Security. Representatives for Jones did not immediately
respond to requests for comment.
On Wednesday, Jones' website, www.JustLeslie.com, was taken
offline after nude photos and photos of the comedian's passport
and driver's license were posted, reportedly accessed through
her personal cellphone or iCloud account.
The hackers also juxtaposed images of the actress with photos of
Harambe, a deceased gorilla.
Jones became a top trending topic on social media where many
Twitter users including celebrities showed support for her.
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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was among those
expressing encouragement on Twitter for the NBC Saturday Night Live
"@Lesdoggg, no one deserves thisóleast of all someone who brings us
so much joy. I'm with you. -H," Clinton wrote online.
Jones, who was a target of cyber bullying on Twitter in July,
briefly quit the micro-blogging platform because she was bombarded
by racist and abusive comments after starring in the female-led
reboot of "Ghostbusters" this summer.
Jones almost quit Twitter last month after receiving a barrage of
sexist and racist abuse and harassment from a number of users.
After Twitter Inc <TWTR.N> interjected and permanently suspended
numerous users accounts for harassment, Jones returned to Twitter,
where her humorous live tweets during the Olympics earned her an
on-air contributor role in Rio de Janeiro for NBC.
(Reporting by Gina Cherelus; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Tom
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