The Fappening: hackers gets access to hundreds of nude celebrity photos

It’s happening, THE FAPPENING has started! (or Celebgate has been released) It’s been only 19 hours and thousands of people are spreading the leaked nude celebrity photos like crazy.

Countless nude, semi nude, and revealing images of female celebrities were leaked after being taken from their private collections. Pop-star Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, and hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence were one of the celebrities evidently demonstrated within the images, that have been published on notorious internet forum 4chan.


Victoria Justice - 1

Victoria Justice in the water.

It’s unclear how the images have been compromised

Unknown 4chan users stated that these were extracted from celebrities’ iCloud records. The accounts are designed to permit Mac, and iPhone, iPad users to synchronize data between products, settings, schedules, along with pictures, however the support has been criticized to be confusing and unreliable. Jennifer Lawrence herself complained regarding the support within an interview with MTV this season.

Among the strangest ideas surrounding the leak is the fact that several celebrities who visited the Emmy Awards were compromised utilizing the Wifi connection. The Def Con meeting is often a example of risk using Wifi for meetings or prizes.

A 4chan user also posted a screenshot of his folder with many pics and vids of Jennifer Lawrence:


Update: iCloud-accounts vulnerable to brute-force attacks


So it turned out iCloud still was the victim, it was possible to attack iCloud-accounts with brute-force attacks through the Find My iPhone-service by Apple. Apple didn’t seem to have build in any protection against these so called brute-force attacks. Last week there appeared several Python-scripts to perform brute-force attacks on iCloud Accounts.

Apple has fixed the issues in the mean time, and the account now locks whenever you try to attack it after about 30 attempts.


  • When password guessing, this method is very fast when used to check all short passwords, but for longer passwords other methods such as the dictionary attack are used because of the time a bruteforce search takes.

The current list of ‘leaked’ celebrities:

  • Ariana Grande
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Bar Rafaeli
  • Becca Tobin
  • Brie Larson
  • Elizabeth Gillies
  • Hope Solo
  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Jessica Brown Findlay
  • Kaley Cuoco
  • Kate Upton
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Lea Michele
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • McKayla Maroney
  • Melissa Benoist
  • Olivia Munn
  • Teresa Palmer
  • Trisha Hershberger
  • Victoria Justice
  • Yvonne Strahovski

It also seems not all images which were leaked are real, as tweeted by @JusticeCosgrove.

The celebrities didn’t keep themselves quiet on Twitter, Viktoria Justice said:

While others are agreeing to the fact they have been hacked:

Lawrence’s representative also stated that everyone posting the stolen images may be punished by relevant authorities. The representative did not explain what legal implications persons sharing the images could face.

Update 2:

As of right now (September 02, 2014) Reddit The Fappening is the top fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Currently there’s an event going on where all donation made will be matched up to $1 million dollars.



Update: 3:

The PSF has removed the list of Top Fundraisers and has refunded all donations related to the fappening. They left a statement on their news page:

A post appeared on Reddit late Monday afternoon, September 1, 2014. A Reddit user directed other Reddit users to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation without the Foundation’s knowledge. We would never condone raising funds for cancer research in this manner. Out of respect for everyone involved and in keeping with our own standards, we are returning all donations that resulted from this post.

And Jennifer Lawrence also decided to share this with us:
jlaw oops


Update 4:

The Fappening that served as a central hub of leaked celebrity nude images has finally been banned from Reddit.

this subreddit has been banned

The Fappening served as a dumping ground for nude celebrity pictures which were leaked last weekend. Redditors Inside The Fappening started donating to the Prostate Cancer Foundation “in honour of” among the celebrities who had been suffering from the massive hack.