LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A who’s who of Hollywood — most of them young starlets and many of them nude — had social media buzzing Sunday reportedly after many of the performers were hacked.
Officials believe it is the largest hacking involving celebrities ever.
KCAL9’s Brittney Hopper reported that Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is just one of a laundry list of celebrities that were hacked — reportedly through Apple’s iCloud storage system.
Apple has not commented.
Regardless of how the hacking occurred, nude photos of “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbood” star went viral in a matter of minutes.
Lawrence’s spokesperson released a statement saying, “This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”
Nickelodeon actress and singer Victoria Justice, 21, took to Twitter and wrote, “These so called nudes of me are FAKE people.”
Singer Ariana Grande may have “99 Problems” but a rep says the pictures are not one of them. The rep said the nude photos of Grande are also fakes.
Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 29, took to Twitter to sound off on the pictures she said were deleted years ago. She confirmed the pics were legit but lambasted people for wanting to download them.
She wrote, “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.”
Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton was also hacked and confirmed through a rep that the photos of her were legit.
The list has more than 100 names on it.
In 2010, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera and other celebrities were hacked by email. A then 33-year-old man named Christopher Chaney, also known as “The Hollywood Hacker,” was found guilty in that case and sentenced in 2012 to 10 years in prison.
The photos hacked Sunday originally appeared on an online message board for anonymous users, Hopper reports.