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 "fap", a slang term for masturbation , and " 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 denied their authenticity.
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25 Celebrities Who Were Victims of Nude Photo Leaks
Thanks or no thanks, really, because this is all sorts of gross to an apparent security flaw in Apple's iCloud remote storage system, hackers have reportedly accessed over celebrities' nude photos — and counting, if current lists of those caught up in the scandal are to be believed. As Gawker notes , a poster at infamous Internet forum 4chan promised last week that oh-so-scandalous pictures would emerge Sunday night; lo and behold, they did. At least, some of them did. That said, three celebs, or their legal representatives, have confirmed that "their" leaked photos are the real, naked deal. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.
We've compiled a comprehensive list of all those involved in The Fappening, the nude picture scandal which has shocked the world. In August of this year, up to intimate images of various celebrities, mostly women, were posed on image sharing site 4chan. The mass breach of privacy, now known as The Fappening, has involved some of the biggest celebrities around, most notably Jennifer Lawrence.