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Investigation into hacked nude celebrity photos goes federal

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The FBI announced on Sept. 1 that they were on the case and looking into accusations that a hacker or hackers leaked nude online photos of several high profile celebrities, including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rhianna, Selena Gomez, Kirsten Dunst, Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice. The stolen, unauthorized and revealing photographs were posted to social media sites like 4chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr on Aug. 31, according to CNN.

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Some of the celebrities are personally voicing their disdain on Twitter, while others are having their spokespersons and lawyers do the talking on their behalf. Lawrence Shire, attorney for super model Kate Upton, confirmed that his client was amongst those that had her nude pics spread around online. Shire called the postings an “outrageous violation" of Upton’s privacy, adding "We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible." Actress Jennifer Lawrence’s rep said that "authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."

Reportedly, some of the violated celebrities or their reps have contacted the FBI directly regarding the stolen images. And the feds have a history of successfully investigating a previous instance of a hacker “who stole nude photos, scripts and personal information from the e-mail accounts of entertainers including Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera in 2011.”

"The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said Monday. "Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."

The FBI is playing their investigatory hand close to the vest and not revealing any specific actions they may have already taken or if they have any suspects yet, according to MSN. It’s not completely known how widespread the hacking of those celebrities may be; but at least 100 celebs are estimated to have been compromised. “Some of the images were quickly denounced as fakes,” as in the case of actress/singer Victoria Justice who tweeted "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"

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