While many British celebrities had their phones hacked by tabloid “News of the World”, most hackers don’t want information, they want nude pictures. Most of the celebrities who got hacked kept private pictures either on their smartphone or in the cloud, making the entire incident truly embarrassing.
Discover the most famous victims of hacking, who ended up admitting that the stolen pictures are real. From Jennifer Lawrence to Paris Hilton, here are the stars who had to face nude pictures of themselves showing up online.
In the latest hacking scandal, a 4chan user posted intimate pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, along with many other celebrities.
While some have denied the authenticity of the pictures, Lawrence’s publicist declared the photos a “flagrant violation of privacy”. Fellow victim Mary E. Winstead addressed the issue on Twitter: “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.”
Model Kate Upton also fell victim to hackers. A few celebrities who got hacked, including Ariana Grande and Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, claimed the pictures were fake, but Upton’s attorney confirmed their authenticity, calling them “an outrageous violation” of her privacy.
Luckily for the actress, the same hackers only published nude photos and videos of her after her salary negociations for “The Big Bang Theory” were complete. If she had been on the list of celebrities who got hacked a few weeks back, the producers could have used the scandal to get her to settle for less.
Embarrassed by topless photos of herself showing up online in 2012, Scarlett Johansson recorded a video testimony that was used at her hacker’s trial. Christopher Chaney, who also stole pictures belonging to Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera, was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison, and the judge also ordered him to pay Scar Jo $66,179.46 in damages.
Stolen pictures of model Amber Rose featured more than a little nudity. The leaked images portray Rose naked and engaged in solo sexual activity. The model ended up as one of the celebrities who got hacked more than once, since her Instagram account was also accessed illegally by hackers in 2013.
The “Mad Men” star also got her phone hacked, but since the people behind it didn’t find any nude pics, others used the shots to create and spread fakes. Her publicist confirmed the hacking, but denied that the topless shot attributed to the actress was real. Unless she ever poses topless, her fans will never know if the leaked image was real or not.
While the newest wave of leaked pictures comes from iCloud, Vanessa Hudgens is one of the celebrities who got hacked on Gmail. Her account was compromised and nude photos and video of the actress quickly found their way online. Hudgens never denied their authenticity, and her attorneys threatened to sue every site that posted them.
In 2010, Jessica Alba’s smartphone was also hacked, and topless shots ended up online. The actress was pregnant at the time, but the pictures still spread like wildfire. Taken for her husband, Cash Warren, the images proved that even if you’re not sexting, you should be very careful when taking semi-nude pictures.
Most celebrities who got hacked only had to worry about racy pictures, but Miley Cyrus got over that in 2008. Six years later, she was hacked again, by one of her biggest fans, who read her private emails and even commented publicly on them, explaining that: “I don’t want any of you to make the mistakes I did with getting so personally invested with a celebrity who in all reality: doesn’t give a f**k about you.”
After initially denying that pictures stolen from her were real, Blake Lively had an unpleasant surprise when her hacker kept publishing more, proving that the “Gossip Girl” star had been lying.
One of the first celebrities who got hacked, Paris Hilton wasn’t exactly attacked by an IT genius. Guessing the password “tinkerbell” (the name of her pet Chihuahua) was enough for “hackers” to gain access to her private photos, including topless shots that quickly made their way online. Eminem and Nicole Ritchie had pictures stolen by the same hackers in 2005.