4Chan Jennifer Lawrence 'nude photo leaker' claims there are hundreds more celebrity images to be published
Nude photos of actresses and singers, including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice and Kate Upton, that were posted to the 4chan forum on Sunday evening may be just the tip of the iceberg.
As celebrities and their representatives respond to the leaking of the 101 naked images online in an apparent hacking linked to the Apple iCloud service, it is believed that hundreds more images are yet to come.
Some 60 naked pictures of Lawrence – an Oscar-winning actress - were reportedly copied from her iCloud account.
Justice and Grande have both said that the pictures are fake, while Lawrence’s spokesperson verified their authenticity and said the photos were a “flagrant violation of privacy.”
The images have been circulated on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Reddit. The hashtag #theFappening has also been trending on Twitter. 'The Fappening' refers to the massive internet upload that is purported to include upwards of 2GB worth of naked photographs.
Since the initial leak, a 4Chan user has claimed that they alone have access to 400 more images of nude celebrities, and asked other users for help to "figure out precisely how much has been leaked" - indicating that more than one user may be involved in the incident.
On the forum which allows users to post anonymously, the user shared a print screen image showing a folder entitled “Celebs” containing 423 items.
The post comes after the user who released the first batch of images said they have an explicit video of Lawrence which they will release in exchange for payments via PayPal or Bitcoin – a type of digital currency that preserves the anonymity of the buyer.
The user – who claimed to be a ‘collector’ rather than a hacker - earlier complained about the amount of money he or she had made from the high-profile leak.
“People wanted s*** for free. Sure, I got $120 with my bitcoin address, but when you consider how much time was put into acquiring this stuff (i'm not the hacker, just a collector), and the money (i paid a lot via bitcoin as well to get certain sets when this stuff was being privately traded Friday/Saturday) I really didn't get close to what I was hoping," the user said.
Last year Jenifer Lawrence said working as a hotel maid would be her dream career if acting didn't work out because she loves cleaning and snooping on strangers.
British stars including Michelle Keegan, Cara Delevigne, Cat Deeley and Kelly Brook have also reportedly been targetted. Other big names victims are thought to include Rihanna, Lea Michele, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco, Kim Kardashian, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Kate Bosworth, Victoria Justice, Emily Browning and Candice Swanepoel.
A spokeswoman for technology giant Apple confirmed it is looking into the issue.
It has been reported that the leak could have been down to an attack on the passwords of the individuals affected.
While the photos leak has resulted in memes and 'jokes' circulating online the alleged hacking incident has serious implications for those involved. Spokespersons for the celebrities have asked law enforcement agencies in the United States to pursue individuals who share the images and the FBI is now investigating the matter.
FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said it was " aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high-profile individuals, and is addressing the matter", adding that it would be inappropriate to make further comment.
A spokeswoman for Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence, who is one of the biggest stars to be caught up in the scandal, said she had asked US authorities to prosecute whoever is posting the photos, which she said were "a flagrant violation of privacy".
A piece of computer code that repeatedly guesses passwords has been found online. The script was posted to software site GitHub, but a message has since appeared saying that Apple had fixed the bug.
According to the post, the script uses the top 500 most common passwords approved by Apple to try to gain access to user accounts. If successful, it would give the hacker full access to the iCloud account, including photographs.
iCloud is Apple's own cloud service, a wireless storage facility that can be used to access files remotely.
In 2012, Christopher Chaney, 36, of Jacksonville, Florida, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking into the email accounts of more than 50 people in the entertainment industry in order to gain access to nude photos. Chaney was arrested after an FBI investigation dubbed Operation Hackerazzi.
Belfast Telegraph Digital