Earlier today, Variety reported that Emma Watson was taking legal action after learning that some of her private photos had reportedly been stolen and leaked online. And we were preparing to cover just how shitty the world continues to be, but then some more sludge rolled downhill, as we learned that the cyber attack against Watson had likely been waged against several other actresses. According to Gizmodo, Amanda Seyfried, Alyssa Arce, Jillian Murray, Analeigh Tipton, Rhona Mitra, and Iliza Shlesinger had nude photos stolen and leaked online. Variety’s post indicates the stolen Watson photos were taken at a clothes fitting, and doesn’t refer to them as nudes, but Watson had been threatened with such a hack-and-leak after daring to speak up about gender equality.
Seyfried’s lawyer has already sent a cease-and-desist letter to Celeb Jihad regarding the unauthorized publication of her photos, but 4chan has already begun sharing the images. There is some human decency on that site, though, as moderators have already begun deleting some of the threads with the stolen photos. Gizmodo notes that this leak occurred exactly one year after one of the culprits in a previous celeb hack was charged with violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
[via Gizmodo, which, like The A.V. Club, is owned by Univision Communications.]