Summer is ending on a sour note for Jennifer Lawrence — and a slew of other female stars — because it seems they have been hacked.
On Sunday, numerous photos featuring a scantily clad J.Law popped up online after being posted by an anonymous source. In some pics, the Oscar-winning actress wears a bathing suit; in others, she wears… well… a lot less. However, it sounds like they all were private snaps stolen from her cell phone. (It's also worth noting that the hacker has claimed to have over 60 nude selfies to share, which means there could be a whole lot more where that first batch came from.)
While Jennifer's team is not denying the images are of the 24-year-old thesp, they're none too pleased with this situation. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," a spokesperson for Lawrence told The Insider With Yahoo. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
But J.Law, who has been in the headlines lately for her reported romance with Coldplay's Chris Martin, was hardly the only star to suffer this fate. Later in the day, pics surfaced of Kate Upton, Lea Michele, Ariana Grande, Victoria Justice, Brie Larson, Kirsten Dunst, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, Teresa Palmer, Krysten Ritter, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Yvonne Strahovski, and Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney.
On Monday, the FBI said it had been made "aware of the allegations" and was "addressing the matter," according to the Associated Press. A spokesperson for Apple also spoke out, saying the company was looking into whether any of their iCloud accounts, online storage space for photos and music, had been tampered with. "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," said the rep.
Not surprisingly, many of these women have opted to remain silent on the matter; however, a few have taken to social media to either confirm or deny the authenticity of the photos and make a statement about the situation at hand.
Upton's lawyer issued a statement to The Insider With Yahoo, saying, "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."
And Winstead spoke out on Twitter before announcing an "internet break."
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
Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
Dunst blamed Apple's iCloud, the reported source of the photos:
Thank you iCloud🍕💩— Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014
Meanwhile, Justice took to Twitter to say that the photos were fake.
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
As did Grande:
but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u 😭😂— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
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.— Yvonne Strahovski (@Y_Strahovski) September 2, 2014
the fake photos of me are crazy!!was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
Winstead's emotional message can't help but remind us of Scarlett Johansson's hacking case back in 2012. A hacker named Christopher Chaney managed to access the e-mail accounts of Johansson, leading to seductive photos of the Avengers star appearing online. Though he managed to hack dozens of other celebs as well, Johansson took a firm stand against him, issuing a tearful videotaped statement, which was played before Chaney's sentencing.
Other A-listers who have fallen victim to hackers include Nickelodeon starlet Jennette McCurdy, Twilight's Ashley Greene, and former Disney-gal Vanessa Hudgens. In other words, we'll have to wait and see how this latest hacking scandal plays out, but the one thing we know: This isn't the first time stars have been hacked, and it almost certainly won't be the last.
[This story was originally posted Aug. 31 at 10:51 p.m.]