The Fappening Part 2: Rihanna Photos Leak; Some of the Latest

September 21, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Naked pictures of pop star Rihanna are the latest in a slew of new nude photos circulating online in the last three days.

The second wave of pictures started on Friday with Hope Solo and Lake Bell being added to the growing list of victims of the hack, and ramped up on Saturday with Vanessa Hudgens, Kim Kardashian, Dove Cameron, and Avril Lavigne among those with alleged pictures hitting the Internet.

Pictures of a woman that appears to be Rihanna began appearing on Sunday.

It’s unclear what prompted the second wave following weeks of relative inactivity from the people behind the hack and subsequent leak.

After pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and other celebrities were leaked several weeks ago, few graphic images emerged, leaving many users on Reddit and other websites to debate frequently whether any other pictures would emerge.

Singer Rihanna attends the Edun fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Skylight Modern on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
Singer Rihanna attends the Edun fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Skylight Modern on September 7, 2014 in New York City. (Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)

Activity on Anon-IB, the 4chan offshoot where many of the photos have been posted first, started up again this past week, and in retrospect seemed to signal the impending second wave.

The pictures are typically posted to Anon-IB or 4chan then quickly taken and posted to other websites, such as Reddit’s image sharing website Imgur.

The Fappening is a name given to the situation by Reddit users. The subreddit The Fappening was a hub of activity related to the leaks for over a week before site administrators banned it, but multiple subreddits with the word “Fappening” popped up to replace that subreddit.  There was also a “Fappening Report” account that appeared to be the source of some low-level leaks, mostly of celebrities fully or partially clothed.

Rihanna, as with many of the women targeted in the second wave, has not commented on the purported pictures.

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