Nude pictures of actress Jennifer Lawrence, supermodel Kate Upton and other celebrities were reportedly leaked last night on the notorious web forum 4chan and on the anonymous image board AnonIB last week.
The pictures quickly spread to Twitter, Imgur, Instagram and other mainstream social media sites last night.
According to Mediaite.com, Lawrence's publicist stated, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,” and Upton's lawyer called the leak an “outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton’s privacy.”
The person who allegedly hacked hundreds of photos from Apple's iCloud service (which backs up iPhones, iPads and Mac computers) is reportedly on the run.
The Daily Mail notes that the unidentified hacker posted the following message to his fellow 4chan hackers at about midnight on Monday:
There are several other people who were in on it and I needed to count on to make this happened (sic). This is the result of several months of long and hard work by all involved. We appreciate your donations and applaud your excitement. I will soon be moving to another location from which I will continue to post.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the FBI issued a statement today, "The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
Nat Kerris, a spokeswoman for Apple, said in a statement, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
Sources: Mediaite.com, Daily Mail, The Hollywood Reporter, TheNextWeb.com (Image Credit: Chris Roberts)