Intimate pictures of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton will reportedly form part of a new art exhibition in Florida in October (14). The snaps were leaked on the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14) and many female stars, including Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, have spoken out to condemn the breach of their privacy.
Now officials at Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) have announced the unaltered nudes will go on display at their gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida as part the No Delete show, created by artist XVALA as part of his Fear Google campaign.
Cory Allen says, "XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall 'Fear Google' campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era... The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today. We all become 'users' and in the end, we become 'used'."
The exhibition will feature intimate or vulnerable snaps of celebrities which XVALA has collected from Google over a seven-year period. It will also include a picture of Britney Spears with her shaved head and leaked nudes of Scarlett Johansson.
XVALA says, "In today's culture, everybody wants to know everything about everybody. An individual's privacy has become everyone else's business... It has become cash for cache."
The exhibition will open on 30 October (14).
Actress Victoria Justice is taking legal action over leaked nude photos of her on the Internet, despite previously insisting the pictures were fake. The former Victorious star was one of many female celebrities whose personal pictures were part of a massive online hack on Sunday (31Aug14), and shortly after the risque images surfaced, Justice took to Twitter.com do deny the photos were really her, writing, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*"
However Justice, 21, is now admitting her privacy was invaded.
In a message posted on the microblogging site on Tuesday (02Sep14), Justice wrote, "Shortly after I tweeted about certain pics of me being fake, I was faced with a serious violation of privacy. There have always been fake photos of me on the internet, but I will not be put in the position to defend myself as to what is real or what is fake.
"I am angry at this massive invasion of privacy, and like the other women who are in this situation alongside of me, I am taking legal action to protect my rights."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts, and since then, authorities at the FBI have launched an investigation to track down the cyber criminals.
Celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have all admitted the pictures are real. Meanwhile, some 4Chan users also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
A boss of leading cyber security company Malwarebytes has advised stars to check if copies of photographs are kept online after deletion to avoid a repeat of the nude pictures scandal gripping Hollywood. Celebrities including actresses Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and model Kate Upton were left mortified when explicit snaps of them leaked on the Internet on Sunday (31Aug14).
They are among a group of 100 stars targeted by hackers, with many of the images thought to have been stolen from 'cloud' storage sites, and now an industry expert has warned those in the public eye to tighten their online security.
Chris Boyd, malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, a leading anti-virus software company, says, "It is a stark reminder of the potential consequences of having sensitive material lying around in the cloud. With today's devices being very keen to push data to their own respective cloud services, people should be careful that sensitive media isn't automatically uploaded to the web, or other paired devices.
"People should also investigate the deletion procedures for online storage. Many services allow you to 'undo' deletions, which could cause problems in certain situations... You could also argue that smartphones, which are continually connected to the Internet, are not the best place for nude pictures."
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Hollywood actress Kirsten Dunst has criticised technology giant Apple over the nude photo leak which led to saucy photographs of the star emerging online.
The Spider-Man heroine was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published reams of explicit personal pictures on the Internet. The images were reportedly obtained from Apple iCloud accounts, and Dunst, who was shown topless in a number of the leaked shots, has now hit out at the company through her Twitter.com account.
In a message posed on her page, she writes, "Thank you iCloud" along with an emoticon of a slice of pizza and a pile of excrement.
Apple bosses have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the alleged security breach, saying in a statement, "We take user privacy very seriously and are actively investigating this report."
Other stars caught up in the scandal include Jessica Brown Findlay, Kate Upton, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jennifer Lawrence, whose publicist has warned that anyone caught sharing the snaps could face prosecution. Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are also investigating the scandal.
Agents at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been called in to track down the cyber criminals responsible for leaking nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton online. Risque pictures of the pair, along with other female stars such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Kirsten Dunst, caused a huge stir on the Internet when they surfaced on Sunday (31Aug14) and Lawrence's representative was quick to wage war against the hacker behind the scandal.
Her spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the shots by calling the leak a "flagrant violation of privacy", and adding, "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Upton's publicist also followed suit and threatened legal action, and on Monday afternoon (01Sep14), officials at the FBI confirmed they were looking into the case.
A statement released by FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller reads: "(The FBI is) aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter.
"Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time."
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous Apple iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Representatives for Justice and Grande insist the leaked images of them are not real.
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Controversial British comedian Ricky Gervais found himself under attack on Monday (01Sep14) after cracking a joke about the headline-grabbing celebrity nude photo leak on Twitter.com.
The privacy of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead and model Kate Upton were violated on Sunday (31Aug14) after intimate snaps of the stars surfaced online, with the mystery hacker responsible for the leak claiming to be in possession of similar pictures of more than 100 famous females. FBI agents have been called in to investigate the leak, while lawyers for both Lawrence and Upton have threatened to prosecute anyone who posts the stolen snaps on the Internet.
Gervais offered up his thoughts about the Hollywood scandal in a post on Twitter on Monday, writing, "Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on your computer."
However, his attempt to make light of the situation only angered followers, with many taking aim at Gervais for appearing to blame the victims for the leak. The offensive post has since been deleted, but Gervais fired back at his detractors by making it clear he was not condoning the hacking.
In a series of follow-up tweets, he wrote, "Making a joke about a thing doesn't mean you condone that thing... "Of course the hackers are 100 (per cent) to blame but you can still makes (sic) jokes about it. Jokes don't portray your true serious feelings on a subject..." Attempting to draw a line under the controversy, he then concluded with the message, "Make jokes, not war."
Meanwhile, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and actress Patricia Arquette have followed in Lena Dunham's footsteps by condemning the hacker online and urging fans not to view the stolen snaps.
Taking to her Twitter blog, Watson writes, "Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy", and Arquette adds, "Every time someone opens a stolen intimate nude photo of anyone. They are becoming a sexual molester. Participating in a group molestation. Please explain why it is alright to look at someones private stolen intimate images (sic)?"
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Lena Dunham has condemned a mystery hacker who leaked nude photographs of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence.
The Hunger Games actress hit headlines on Sunday (31Aug14) when intimate snaps of her were posted on the Internet by a hacker who claims to have similar pictures of more than 100 female stars. Now Girls actress Dunham has reached out to her fans and urged them to discourage the leaking of photos by not viewing them.
In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "The way in which you share your body must be a CHOICE. Support these women and do not look at these pictures... Remember, when you look at these pictures you are violating these women again and again. It's not okay... Seriously, do not forget that the person who stole these pictures and leaked them is not a hacker: they're a sex offender."
Lawrence and Mary Elizabeth Winstead have confirmed the authenticity of their snaps while condemning the breach of privacy.
Like Lawrence, model Kate Upton's attorney is threatening legal action, saying, "This is obviously an outrageous violation of our client Kate Upton's privacy. We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible."
Ariana Grande and Victoria Justice claim the pictures of them are fake.
"If there was an internet in 1988 people would've stolen and leaked nude pictures of Roseanne and me and no one would've ever done it again." Comedian Tom Arnold believes the nude photo leak trend would have been halted before it started if it had happened when he was still married to Roseanne Barr. On Sunday (31Aug14), the personal online accounts of female celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were hacked and naked pictures of them surfaced on the Internet.
Actress Jennifer Lawrence's representative has threatened to prosecute whoever is behind a new celebrity phone hacking scandal after naked photos of The Hunger Games star appeared online on Sunday (31Aug14). Risque pictures of the Oscar winner, along with other female celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton and Kirsten Dunst, surfaced on the Internet, and Lawrence's spokeswoman is waging war on the person responsible for leaking the personal photos, which she confirms are real.
A statement from her rep to Us Weekly reads: "This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
Revealing photos of actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead also appeared online, and she took to Twitter.com herself to address the leak, writing, "To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great 'bout yourselves."
She continued, "Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked."
Meanwhile, former Victorious co-stars Grande and Justice have denied the leaked images of them are for real.
Grande's rep tells JustJared.com that the photos are "completely fake", while Justice took to Twitter and wrote, "These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*".
The haul of celebrity photos originated on 4Chan.org after a hacker found them on numerous iCloud accounts. Site bosses also claim to have nude images of newlyweds Gabrielle Union and Jenny McCarthy, mum-to-be Hayden Panettiere, Hilary Duff, Kaley Cuoco Sweeting, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Lea Michele and Selena Gomez, among others.
Stars including supermodel Kate Moss, rocker Johnny Borrell and former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman were among the mourners who gathered at the funeral of tragic socialite Peaches Geldof on Monday (21Apr14). Friends and family members came together to pay their last respects to Bob Geldof's daughter at St Mary Magdalene and St Lawrence church in Kent, England.
Moss was joined by her rocker husband Jamie Hince at the private service, while other mourners included musician Jools Holland, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Sting's wife Trudie Styler, TV presenter Alexa Chung, actress Jaime Winstone and music mogul Alan McGee.
Geldof's coffin was painted light blue and adorned with a mural of the star with her husband Thomas Cohen, their two sons and their pet dogs.
The church where the funeral was held, close to the Geldof family home, had special significance as it was where the late TV star married her husband Cohen in 2012 and where her father wed her mother Paula Yates in 1988.
Yates' ashes were scattered in the church grounds following her death from a drug overdose in 2000.
The 25-year-old mother-of-two was found dead at her home in Kent on 7 April (14). The cause of death is still not known.