Princess Diaries' actress Anne Hathaway's photos were leaked online earlier on Wednesday. It is believed to be part of an ongoing cyberattack on celebrities and their personal accounts. According to the Hindustan Times , links of the leak photos spread like wildfire on social media with many supporters of the Oscar-winning actress condemning the hack. Hathaway is the latest victim in a string of attacks pointed toward celebrities which harkens back to the 'Celebgate' hack which targeted many famous figures. As many as private photos were leaked during that time.
Stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton reportedly had photos posted on site
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On August 31, , a collection of almost private pictures of various celebrities, mostly women, and with many containing nudity , were posted on the imageboard 4chan , and later disseminated by other users on websites and social networks such as Imgur and Reddit. The images were initially believed to have been obtained via a breach of Apple 's cloud services suite iCloud ,    or a security issue in the iCloud API which allowed them to make unlimited attempts at guessing victims' passwords. The event, which media outlets and Internet users referred to under names such as " The Fappening " a portmanteau of the words "fap"—a slang term for masturbation —and "the happening" and " Celebgate ", was met with a varied reaction from the media and fellow celebrities. Critics felt that the distribution of the images was a major invasion of privacy for their subjects, while some of the allegedly depicted subjects questioned their authenticity. The leak also prompted increased concern from analysts surrounding the privacy and security of cloud computing services such as iCloud—with a particular emphasis on their use to store sensitive, private information. The images were obtained via the online storage offered by Apple 's iCloud platform for automatically backing up photos from iOS devices, such as iPhones. There are claims that unreleased photos and videos exist. The hacker responsible for the leak, who described themselves as being a "collector", distributed the leaked images on the image boards 4chan and Anon-IB in exchange for Bitcoin. Celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton also re-posted some of the photos on his blog, but soon took them down and issued an apology, saying "he had acted in bad taste". A major center of activity was the link-sharing website Reddit ,  where a subreddit was created for sharing the photos;  in a single day, it amassed over , followers.
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A spokesman for actor Jennifer Lawrence said they would seek to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of her. Photograph: Reuters. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence. American actor and singer Victoria Judge , who was also named in the file, denied any nude photos of her were real in a tweet today. A piece of computer code that repeatedly guesses passwords has been found online. According to the post, the script uses the top most common passwords approved by Apple in order to try and gain access to user accounts. If successful, in theory it would give the hacker access to an iCloud account, and therefore photos.