Aubrey Plaza Photos: Parks and Recreation Star Allegedly Victim of Hack as Pictures Emerge

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
September 2, 2014 Updated: September 4, 2014

Aubrey Plaza appears to be one of the women who are victims of an expanding hack that has left hundreds of graphic images online.

Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, and Kate Upton are among the other victims.

Plaza, best known for her role in the hit comedy Parks and Recreation, appears to have had at least two pictures leaked. Both appear to show the actress in the bathroom.

The pictures have been spreading quickly with the help of users on 4Chan and Reddit.

The authorities, including the FBI, are investigating the case and trying to find the person(s) behind the hack.

The situation apparently started after an iCloud security issue allowed access to celebrity phones through a hack.

While a number of celebrities or their representatives have commented on the leak, Plaza has not so far.

The FBI said Monday it was addressing allegations that online accounts of numerous celebrities, including Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, had been hacked, leading to the posting of their nude photographs online.

“This is a flagrant violation of privacy,” Lawrence’s publicist Liz Mahoney wrote in a statement. “The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.”

The FBI said it was “aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.”

“Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time,” spokeswoman Laura Eimiller wrote in a statement.

Apple Inc. spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said the company was investigating whether any iCloud accounts had been tampered with, but she did not give any further details.

“We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report,” she said.

Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also confirmed that nude photos of her were posted online.

“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,” Winstead posted on Twitter. Winstead, who starred in “Final Destination 3” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” wrote that she thought the images had been destroyed.

“Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this,” Winstead wrote.

The FBI has investigated previous leaks of nude celebrity images, including leaks involving Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and footage of television sports reporter Erin Andrews in a Tennessee hotel room. Those cases resulted in convictions.

Some cybersecurity experts speculated that hackers may have obtained a cache of private celebrity images by exploiting weaknesses in an online image-storing platform.

“It is important for celebrities and the general public to remember that images and data no longer just reside on the device that captured it,” security researcher Ken Westin wrote in a blog post Monday. “Once images and other data are uploaded to the cloud, it becomes much more difficult to control who has access to it, even if we think it is private.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.