FBI: Phishing Scam, Celeb Photos Leak Linked - Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence Tricked?
The FBI thinks a phishing scam might be the cause of the leaked celeb photos that are all over the internet, according to a TMZ report.
The phishing scam may be the way the hackers were able to access the celeb's private files as Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jennifer Lawrence, and Lea Michele were prime targets of phishing.
One or more or perhaps all may have given out their information to the wrong people, making it as easy as entering the password to access their account and private nude pics and videos they had stored in the iCloud.
TMZ explains the basics of phishing:
"You get an email informing you there's some sort of problem with your account, and in order to fix it you'll need to send personal info -- such as a username, phone number, credit card, or even a password."
It's never a good idea to respond to those e-mails, but some people do, perhaps even the naked celebrity posers, who were victims in the large scale hacking scam.
It was earlier revealed that as many as 100 celebrities may have had photos, video and other personal files stolen from their Apple iCloud accounts by hackers.
It's unclear if all were victims of phishing scams.
This all started earlier this week when several pics of Jennifer Lawrence in various sexual poses were posted on the 4chan image sharing forum and were then shared on various social media sites and other websites.
Naked images of Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton are also posted on the bulletin board, some with boyfriend Justin Verlander, who is also nude in the pics.
Following the release of the images, a spokesperson for Jennifer said: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Meanwhile other celebs are rallying to the ladies defense.
Seth Rogen has urged people not to post the naked photos stolen from Jennifer Lawrence's phone.
The actor is disgusted by the leak of explicit images of the Oscar-winning actress and is adamant that what has happened to Jennifer should not be "tolerated".
Seth - who is married to Lauren Miller - posted on Twitter: "Posting pics hacked from someone's cell phone is really no different than selling stolen merchandise.
"I obviously am not comparing women to merchandise. Just legally speaking, it shouldn't be tolerated to repost stolen pics."
© Bang Showbiz
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