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Posted: 10:39 a.m. Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Hacked Jennifer Lawrence pics raise iCloud safety questions

By Cliff Judy

Video transcript provided by Newsy.com

A hacker has leaked nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence online and claims to have hacked dozens of other female celebs.

Photos of the actress topless began circulating after a hacker allegedly stole them from her iCloud account and posted them on the website 4chan.

Lawrence’s rep has confirmed the legitimacy of the photos, telling BuzzFeed in an emailed statement,“This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

Mashable noted this isn't anywhere close to the first celebrity hack, but what makes this one disturbing — besides the obvious reasons — is it's rumored to have happened through iCloud's Photo Stream feature.

Headlines much of Monday morning questioned the security of Apple's data storage system.

The 4chan user who leaked the photos of Lawrence also posted nude pictures of Kate Upton and Ariana Grande, along with a master list of all the female celebrities that he or she allegedly hacked, including model Emily Ratajkowski, Kim Kardashian, and former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice.​

Justice denied that the photos were real on Twitter, saying, “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*”

This fan seemed to prove that by comparing the actress’ face in an old, fully clothed photo with that in the leaked photo.

But the scandal hit home for "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, whose pictures weren’t doctored fakes.

She expressed her anger on Twitter, shaming anyone who violated her privacy by looking at the pics. “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.”

 
 

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