Photos alleged to be that of Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence and who’s who of Hollywood have leaked on the Internet. The trove of images, many containing alleged nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities, first appeared on 4Chan with the anonymous poster claiming the photos were obtained after hacking into the iCloud accounts of celebrities. The claim remains unverified at the moment. The hacker was selling these photos in exchange for Bitcoins, which is probably the first such case.
UPDATE: A spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed the authenticity of the photographs to Buzzfeed.
The leak has spread across the Internet including Reddit and Twitter. The list includes numerous celebrities including Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Jenny McCarthy apart from Jennifer Lawrence and others. The authenticity of the photos haven’t been verified though at least one celebrity, Victoria Justice, has claimed her photos to be fake.
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*
— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
It is not the first time that photos of celebrities in compromising situations being leaked, though it is probably the first time that we are hearing allegations of photos being accessed by hacking into iCloud accounts. However, the claim hasn’t been verified, yet.
UPDATE: Actress Mary E Winstead has taken to Twitter to confirm that the photos were hers and were taken long back, She also says that she had deleted those photos, which adds to the hackers claim of being able to hack into the iCloud accounts of several Hollywood actresses.
We have reached out to Apple for comment and will update the post when we hear from the company.