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The chief hacker who organized the theft of private nude pictures of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton has gone on the run.
The anonymous individual, who sparked the scandal on Sunday after dumping dozens of naked photographs of female celebrities onto the 4chan online forum, took to the ‘deep web’ where the images are thought to have first been posted a week ago to say he had to ‘move location’.
In an apparent attempt to evade the authorities, he said he would be relocating as he thanked his ‘supporters’ who apparently shared the images on AnonIB before they were reposted on forum 4chan on Sunday.
Jennifer Lawrence has reported the stolen image to the authorities, and the FBI is investigating amid an international hunt for the hacker.
The hacker, who is referred to by other posters as the ‘original guy’, also appeared to confirm that the hacking was a conspiracy involving more than just one individual and ‘the result of several months of long and hard work’.
In the post thread written just after midnight on Monday, the anonymous hacker said that he will be moving to another location before seeming to threaten to upload more compromising images – asking for bitcoin (BTC) donations from those willing to pay to see.
‘Guys, just to let you know I didn’t do this by myself,’ wrote the deviant hacker.
‘There are several other people who were in on it and I needed to count on to make this happened (sic).
‘This is the result of several months of long and hard work by all involved. We appreciate your donations and applaud your excitement.
‘I will soon be moving to another location from which I will continue to post.’
And in a statement issued on Monday afternoon, the FBI confirmed that it had begun an investigation.
‘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.’
This comes as it was revealed the hacked nude photographs leaked online of actresses including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton have been traded on the Internet for at least a week and could be just the tip of the iceberg of stolen celebrity pictures.
Exchanged on the deep web black market and deviant message boards specializing in stolen ‘revenge porn’ photography, the compromising pictures have been used as a currency of sorts among perverted members of these forums.