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FBI investigating Leslie Jones hacking case - report

Published 25/08/2016

Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

FBI officials are determined to track down the hacking culprit.

Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have reportedly launched an investigation into the brutal hack attack targeting actress Leslie Jones.

On Wednesday (24Aug16), a cyber criminal took control of the Ghostbusters star's website and used it to post photos of Leslie's passport and driver's licence information and private images, including nude pictures of the comedienne, online.

The hacker appeared to have gained access to the 48-year-old's iCloud virtual storage account, and now the seriousness of the cyber attack against the African-American star has prompted FBI officials to take charge of tracking down the culprit, according to TMZ.com.

Sources claim agents are developing a strategy to identify the person or people responsible for the vicious violation of Jones' privacy.

The website hack occurred a month after Leslie briefly quit Twitter as a result of the online trolls who bombarded her with racist posts surrounding her involvement in the all-female remake of 1984 classic Ghostbusters, in which she co-starred with Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.

After Wednesday's hack, celebrity friends and fans, including Katy Perry, Alyssa Milano and Ghostbusters director Paul Feig, took to social media to show their support for Leslie.

Feig, who cast the Saturday Night Live star as one of the four female leads in the spook-hunting comedy, raged on Twitter, "What's happening to @Lesdoggg is an absolute outrage. (All) right, haters, trolls, 'comedians,' whoever the f**k you all are, you're just sad."

Actresses Gabourey Sidibe, Octavia Spencer, and Patricia Heaton also expressed their outrage at the situation online.

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