A new round of naked celebrity pictures have apparently been leaked online this weekend as part of the Fappening hack.
New alleged photos of Jennifer Lawrence have leaked online via The Fappening subreddits and 4chan. Cara Delevingne, the supermodel, and actress Anna Kendrick also were allegedly made victims of the hack.
On Friday, download links appeared on both 4chan and subreddits.
Meanwhile, Misty May-Treanor, an Olympic gold medalist, and soap opera actress Alexandra Chando were also included, the Daily Beast reported.
Actresses Misty May-Treanor, Kelli Garner, Lauren O’Neil, and Briana Evigan were also hacked.
None of the women have issued statements about the matter yet.
The Daily Beast notes that “Kendrick is clothed in all 87 of the photos leaked online” and there’s 55 or more new pictures of Lawrence.
Over the past week or so, alleged photos from Rihanna, Kim Kardasihan, AJ Lee, and others have appeared. However, the women have not responded to the claims.
Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good, and Hope Solo were also targeted. They three issued statements, confirming the photos are of them, while condemning the leakers.
The photos were apparently accessed via a security breach in Apple’s iCloud service. “After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone. We are continuing to work with law enforcement to help identify the criminals involved,” the company said in a statement a few weeks ago.
Amid the photo hacking scandal, there’s been questions as to whether simply viewing or sharing pictures could land one in legal hot water. Another expert later said the hackers will likely be caught, describing them as “very foolish.”
About a week ago, alleged photos of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lawrence, Hope Solo, AJ Lee, Meagan Good, and Gabrielle Union appeared online. Good, Solo, and Union responded to the leaks.
Meanwhile, Forbes contributor Joseph Steinberg says that the original hacker, who is said to have taken the photos via Apple’s iCloud service, will face criminal prosecution eventually.
However, people who’ve downloaded, shared, or even viewed the files probably are in the clear.
“While celebrities might seek to recover damages from those who profit off of their photos, it is difficult for them to target the non-profiting parties; such parties would not only need to be identified, but also sued for injunctive relief in numerous different courts all over the country – an expensive and tedious process. As the costs to file and argue such cases can be considerable, and financial recovery may not be achieved,” he writes.
He also said that it becomes even trickier for the celebrities in question to prove that they actually owned the photos or had rights to them. “Complicating matters even further is that once the leak of the photos became newsworthy (regardless of how exactly that is measured, it is likely that any such hurdle was overcome when it comes to this story), parties sharing the pictures – even on for-profit sites – can attempt to exert First Amendment rights,” he says.
When the first hacked photos of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton were leaked, Wired magazine reported that former FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection chief and Georgetown law professor David Vladeck said that Apple probably will be sued over the hack.
“We’re in this legal mess where the contracts companies are relying on to protect them from liability are functionally the emperor’s clothes of contracts. It’s a poorly kept secret that no one understands them, and that’s not a tenable position,” said Andrea Matwyshyn, who was the senior policy advisor at the Federal Trade Commission. “We’re seeing a trust erosion happening, and the digital economy is entirely predicated on people trusting these products, and being willing to engage with this technology.”
Another expert–Phil Lieberman, President of Lieberman Software Corporation–told the publication that the hackers will be found eventually.
“The success rate is very high. People doing this are very foolish, thinking they’re going to get away with it,” he said. “For a period of time, they’re the hero. Once they’re caught, they’ll become the zero.”
“If someone’s life is in danger, law enforcement moves very quickly,” Lieberman added. “But pictures of celebrities don’t rise to the level of kidnapping, murders or serious violent crimes. They’re seen more as economic crimes or invasions of privacy, which are serious, but go on a little slower track.”