Just a few hours ago (Sunday 30, August 2014) a 4chan anonymous user started posting personal pictures of a long list of celebrities to the site in what has been dubbed "The Fappening".
Most notorious celebrity could be Jennifer Lawrence from "The hunger Games", "X-Men First Class" and many other movies, there are several selfies, nude pictures and probably a blowjob video.
So far the list of celebrities included in this leak is as follows:
Jennifer Lawrence, Kaley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Victoria Justice, Brie Larson, Kristen Dunst, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Hope Solo, Teresa Palmer, Kristen Ritter, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, McKayla Maroney, Ali Michael, Avril Lavigne, Yvonne Strahovski and Aubrey Plaze, but according to some sources the list could be of around 100 celebrities.
At the time of publishing this the leaker seems to be active in 4chan's /b/ board so there may be even more leaks in the coming hours.
- Some of the most notorious images leaked so far:
More pictures here:
http://imgur.com/a/Omw0m < offline
Complete gallery of leaked pictures:
- Screen captures of the local folders of the leaker:
- Alleged complete list of celebrities:
- There are talks about the identity of the leaker and some comments made by him but this is still not confirmed, so far there are no comments from the celebrities affected by this leak.
- Some of the celebrities affected had commented on this issue:
Jennifer Lawrence's publicist Liz Mahoney:
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Mary E. Winstead on twitter ( @M_E_Winstead ):
"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. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Victoria Justice on twitter ( @VictoriaJustice ):
"These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
"Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake. I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
McKayla Maroney on twitter ( @McKaylaMaroney ):
"the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT you sir, need Jesus."
Becca Tobin on twitter ( @becbecbobec ):
Kirsten Dunston on twitter ( @kirstendunst ):
"Thank you iCloud"
Kate Upton attorney:
"This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Yvonne Strahovski on twitter ( @Y_Strahovski ):
"Some of these pictures are fake, my own included. Regardless - I ask you all - do not share the links. Don't even look at the photos."
- Under the hashtag #LeakForJlaw random women are posting their nude pictures as support for Jennifer Lawrence while #thefappening is used to tag the leaked pictures and related topics.
- Many media outlets are using the leak to address security of internet storage services while many use it as a feminist topic for discussion in the interwebs.
- Speculation about the identity of the leaker continues:
- On the suspected hacker:
"Bryan Hamade, a 27-year-old from Georgia, told BuzzFeed his scheme to make some easy bitcoins backfired and that now he’s being harassed by 4chan users."
“I am not behind this. It was so stupid — I saw a lot of people posting the actual leaks and bitcoin addresses and I’ve read a lot about bitcoin and how they’re are valuable and I thought, oh cool I’ll get free bitcoins,” he told BuzzFeed.
- Many websites, including 4chan, Reddit and 4chumblr.org experienced shortages due to the massive traffic generated by users looking for the leaked pictures.
- Reddit, Imgur and many other sites continue to take down the images of the celebs, Twitter has been canceling accounts that published said pictures.
- Laura Eimiller, spokesperson for the FBI in Los Angeles said, “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,”.
- Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts were compromised.
- Mainstream media continues trying to lay blame on someone, Apple, 4chan and reddit are the main targets.
-Apple comments on the leak:
"After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved."
- Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was under 18 when the hacked nude photos of her were taken ... and now she's taking legal action against several porn sites that reposted the images.
TMZ has learned one of Maroney's attorneys fired off a letter to Porn.com ... informing the site that McKayla was underage in several of the photos. The letter demands the images of McKayla -- who turned 18 last December -- be taken down immediately.
Some of the images in the local folders of the leaker can be tracked to McKayla Maroney back in December 2013.