Stolen nude photographs of some of the most famous young women in Hollywood were posted on the internet on Sunday, August 31. They first appeared on 4chan on Sunday night, but quickly spread to the rest of the internet. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst were among the celebrities who had their photos stolen.
Apple has confirmed that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions."
Victims of the attack have responded to this violation of privacy in different ways. Some have chosen to let their representatives speak for them. Some have responded with anger or sarcasm. Some have said the photos are fake. Others have remained silent. All of their reactions are valid.
Here is a collection of responses:
The only nude photos you'll ever see of me are the ones that I "Leak" and the ones that my head are superimposed on! FYI— Kelly Brook (@IAMKELLYBROOK) September 1, 2014
Wow Apple... Way to go #TheFappening— Joy Corrigan (@_joycorrigan) September 2, 2014
Thank you iCloud— Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) September 1, 2014
Yes, I'm aware my name is on that list. Even if they've got something, NBD. You can't exactly get mono twice. #TitHappens— Chloe Dykstra (@skydart) September 2, 2014
to every1 going on about my "nudes" & my "m&g prices" neither are real! my lil ass is a lot cuter than that lmao & tour details r comin soon— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
but forreal tho whoever thought those were actually me...... love u but I'm praying for u— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) September 2, 2014
These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014
Official statement from her publicist:
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
the fake photos of me are crazy!! was trying to rise above it all, and not give "the creator" the time of day.. BUT.. pic.twitter.com/hceQcOxYkJ— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
shout out to my fans for defending me all day long.. even when things got weird u stood by me. and that meant the world— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014
I woke up this morning to find out I was on the list of victims whose phone has been hacked...— Lisalla (@Lisalla) September 1, 2014
This is such a violation of privacy for myself, and all the names on the list. I hope this hack is found and prosecuted to the fullest.— Lisalla (@Lisalla) September 1, 2014
Merry XXXmas!— Becca Tobin (@becbecbobec) September 1, 2014
Official statement from her attorney:
"This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy," said Upton's lawyer Lawrence Shire in an email to BuzzFeed. "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014
Going on an internet break. Feel free to my @'s for a glimpse of what it's like to be a woman who speaks up about anything on twitter— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) September 1, 2014