On Sunday evening a 4chan user posted a post claiming to have hacked Apple’s iCloud service and obtained hundreds of nude photos of celebrities. He posted a list of celebrities in which include model Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and others such as:
Ali Michael, Ariana Grande, Bar Rafaeli, Becca Tobin, Brie Larson, Hope Solo, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, McKayla Maroney, Melissa Benoist, Olivia Munn, Selena Gomez, Teresa Palmer, Victoria Justice
It’s still unknown how the pictures were obtained but the leaker stated on 4chan that the photographs were obtained from the celebrities’ iCloud account. This have not been verified since some of the hacked celebrities don’t use iPhones at all. Although most the the celebrities affected by this leak have not commented on the issue, some of them have taken their time to post on their Twitter account about the pictures. Actress Mary E. Winstead was the first to come out to talk about the leak, “Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked,” the actress posted on her Twitter account. Some others including Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, McKayla Maroney denied the pictures being real.
Links of files were quickly were compiled by TheFappening subreddit on Reddit and were later taken down by the admins of the website. The files then quickly made their way to torrent site The Pirate Bay and became the most downloaded torrent in less than 24 hours.