Monday morning (Sunday afternoon in Hollywood), the biggest leak since Edward Snowden hit the internet. A vast trove of nude pictures purporting to be of female celebrities began to appear on an imageboard website and ricocheted quickly across the web.
The pictures included those of Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton, and are understood to have been obtained by hacking into the celebs’ cloud accounts.
The hacker also posted a ‘master list’ of 101 female celebs, claiming to share their compromising pictures in coming days, parading big names like Kirsten Dunst, Kate Bosworth, Kim K, Scarlett Johansson, Selena Gomez and Rihanna.
Many photos were trashed by the concerned celebs as fakes. But some confirmed it was indeed them. Lawrence’s reps released an incensed statement saying this was “a flagrant violation of privacy.” Kate Upton’s lawyers also released a statement, which said, “This is an outrageous violation of our client’s privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating these illegally obtained images.”
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead chose to lash out online, saying, “To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves. Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this.”