The massive leak of hacked celebrity photos in 2014 which included nude pictures of A-list celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, has shocked authorities. According to a Sep. 1 CBS News report, Lawrence has now contacted authorities to investigate who stole and shared the sexually explicit photographs.
"This is a flagrant violation of privacy," Lawrence's spokesperson Liz Mahoney said in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
The hacked celebrity photos of the Oscar winner who rose to fame thanks to her role in 'The Hunger Games,' began circulating on the Internet on Sunday, but it is still unclear as to how the hackers obtained the photos. Several experts suggest that the photos were stolen after a security breach in iCloud, the storage platform of Apple, which the company will investigate. Posts on the websites 4chan and Reddit said the celebrities were exposed when a hacker broke into their cloud-based storage.
"We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report," Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris said in a statement.
According to the Daily Mail, among the new stars of the leaked photos are actress Aubrey Plaza ("Parks and Recreation"), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil in "Downton Abbey") and American Idol contestant Tenna Torres. The Mirror reported that a sex tape of Findlay was also leaked and its authenticity has been verified by a spokesman for the actress.