While many in the Western world were busy celebrating the Labor Day weekend, a massive leak of nude celebrity photos surfaced on the infamous online discussion forum 4Chan. The source of the leaked photos was eventually attributed to iCloud, leading Apple to confirm that they are actively investigating the matter.
Now, it appears that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking it a step forward in an effort to track down the hacker that exposed the private photos of Jennifer Lawrence, perhaps best known for her lead performances in the Hunger Games film series, and several other female celebrities.
The leaked photos were originally posted to the anonymous image sharing board 4Chan on Sunday evening, reportedly after the 24-year-old Oscar-winning actress’ personal iCloud account was compromised. Other 4Chan users have claimed to have similar photographs of 100 women, including Scarlett Johansson and Winona Ryder.
While the FBI was successful in tracking down and prosecuting a hacker responsible for leaking photos of Scarlett Johansson in 2011, the task might be slightly more challenging time this around. As the photos originated in the cloud, and have been re-posted by several users, the source of the photos is much more ambiguous.
If you are worried about the security of your personal iCloud account, we highly recommend enabling two-step authentication for your Apple ID. While this isn’t a surefire method of preventing hackers from access to your account, it is certainly an additional barrier to help make their malicious efforts more difficult.
For celebrities, however, it would probably be even better advice to simply cover up. With the level of attention that these people receive, there is no telling how far some people will go to expose their personal lives.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest developments as this story unfolds.[via The Telegraph]