A series of celebrities have recently been victims of a hacker attack. The photos have been taken from their personal phones and posted on the website Celebrity Jihad, under the tagline “explosive celebrity gossip from Islamic extremists”.
Some of the celebrities’ nude photos show them engaged in sexual activity. There are photos of Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, her girlfriend Stella Maxwell, Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn and Katharine McPhee.
At the moment, it is questionable if the photos are real, or fake. But some of the people mentioned above have already taken action against the website.
Tiger Woods’s lawyer, Michael Holtz, has threatened with a lawsuit. According to TMZ, in his case, it was not his device that had been hacked but Lindsey Vonn’s, who kept the nude photos of Woods from since they were still dating, in 2015.
Lawyers for Lindsey Vonn, Miley Cyrus, Stella Maxwell and Kristen Stewart have also threatened to sue the website if it doesn’t take down the photos immediately.
In a statement to People, Lindsey Vonn’s representative said: “It is an outrageous and despicable invasion of privacy for anyone to steal and illegally publish private intimate photos”, adding that they will take “all necessary and appropriate legal action”, to enforce the right to privacy.
Three years ago, a similar hack, dubbed “The Fappening”, which consisted in stealing celebrities nude photos from their iCloud accounts and sharing them online, ended with its author being sentenced to prison for 18 months. Among the victims of the Fappening, also known as Celebgate, there was The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence and Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton.