The images are said to have first appeared in online chatrooms and message boards such as Reddit and the infamously unruly anonymous forum 4Chan. Moderators of these services have attempted to remove the offending files, but users continue to repost them with little apparent fear of any consequences.
None of the victims affected by the leaks have made statements on the subject.
The leaked pictures and videos are the latest in a series of high profile hacks of celebrity mobile phones, which have been under investigation by the FBI. Previous victims of similar privacy violations include Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, popstar Rihanna, and teen star Victoria Justice.
It is unclear whether these images were hacked at the same time as the previous images that were leaked as part of the so-called “Fappening” or “Celebgate” in 2014, for which 36-year-old Ryan Collins was convicted.
As with previous leaks, the latest hack targeted female celebrities, but earlier this year private nude images of British boxer Amir Khan and Teen Wolf stars Tyler Posey and Cody Christian.
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