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'Celebgate' attack leaks nude photos of celebrities

19 updates since Sep 1, 2014, 6:29 AM UTC
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What appeared to be genuine nude photos of more than 100 celebrities were published online over Labor Day weekend, 2014, in a mass attack dubbed "Celebgate." The celebrities pictured included Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who confirmed the photos were real, and pop star Ariana Grande, who said they were fake, among dozens of other A-list actors and musicians. The photos were first posted on the forum 4chan and then circulated on the Reddit subsection r/TheFappening. They allegedly came from the victims' iCloud accounts. Apple says the hack was caused "by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions," and not a breach of its systems. The incident sparked a discussion about security, the social acceptance of sexting, and the misogynistic culture that thrives in some corners of the internet.