Scarlett Johansson enlists FBI over allegedly hacked naked photos
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Scarlett Johansson has reportedly contacted the FBI after naked pictures of her surfaced Wednesday on a popular viral-media website.
The 26-year-old actress’ name was among 50 or so possible victims mentioned in March in connection with an investigation of a hacking ring targeting celebrities’ email accounts and smartphones, looking for dirt. The somewhat fuzzy photos posted Wednesday on BuzzFeed are of a woman who appears to be Johansson, taking iPhone pictures of her own bare backside and breasts.
‘The FBI is aware of the alleged hacking incident and is looking into it,’ an FBI official told Fox News. Sources told TMZ that the FBI would be contacted over what the ScarJo camp believed to be a criminal act.
BuzzFeed poster Donna D. noted, ‘I spent more time than is probably healthy trying to figure out if these are legit. ... Call me skeptical but gifts like this don’t just fall out of the sky. Then again, her iPhone was hacked in March with rumors of nude photos to be forthcoming.’ (Several other sites followed up with censored versions of the Johansson shots; the unstoppably curious can see the still-not-safe-for-work images here.)
Vanessa Hudgens had previously been a victim of the alleged ring, with nude pictures said to have been hacked from her Gmail account also showing up online. According to TMZ, Hudgens met with law-enforcement authorities in March regarding the investigation.
Illegally accessed cellphone voice-mail messages -- brought to light in part by actor Hugh Grant -- were part of the scandal that brought down British tabloid the News of the World over the summer.
[For the record, 4:15 p.m. Sept. 14: This post originally gave Donna D.'s screen name incorrectly as Diane D.]
-- Christie D’Zurilla