When reports of Jennifer Lawrence’s nude photos came pouring in there was a lot of skepticism on social media that this was not merely some scam or yet another fake photo created by the lurid section of the internet. But now that reps for the 24-year-old Hunger Games star are threatening legal action it appears the authenticity of the leaked photos have been confirmed.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, it’s claimed that even pictures of Kate Upton nude have been leaked in what people are already calling celebrity gate.
“It is unclear exactly how or why these naked photos leaked online, though it seems someone is trying to sell them in exchange for Bitcoins. From there they appeared on 4chan and are now showing up in various Reddit and Imgur posts. The source of the nude Kate Upton and Jennifer Lawrence pictures could be in for some trouble. Authorities have been cracking down on hackers who steal and release nude photos.”
The breadth of the leak is stunning, and includes many female celebrities. Right now the going theory is that the hacker or hackers managed to get access to all their phones through the automated backup system iCloud.
“Also, this was not a single iCloud that was hacked. This was many dozens of iCloud backups that were downloaded and combed through for personal photos. For many of the photos, the celebrity pictured did not have their account breached—instead, the source was a boyfriend or friend who had the photos sent to their phone which was then backed up and broken into. Many of the photos were actually taken with a laptop or by another person, not a handheld device or by the celebrity themselves.”
What separates this incident from previous cases is that these photos showing Jennifer Lawrence nude have already managed to spread outside of the actresses’ control. But she’s attempting to stamp out the pictures by sending threats via her lawyer.
“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” a spokesperson Jennifer Lawrence said in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
At this point, it’s too late. The only good thing is that someone people are responding to the controversy on social media by creating photos such as these to dissuade others from searching for them.
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.
— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014