Saturday, July 28, 2012
Attention: Famous Hacker Victims (Party One)
Whether it's photos, sensitive data or just contact information, some of our favorite celebrities have had their phones and online accounts broken into by hackers.
1. Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen was not pleased when a grainy cell phone sex video made the Internet rounds with her name on it in July 2012. Though the "Call Me Maybe" singer tweeted, "Crazy morning. Discovered that someone put up a sex tape claiming to be me. Ridiculous. Obviously not me," TMZ reported that the singer had actually been hacked — but that the dicey photos in question hadn't yet seen the light of day.
2. Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks copped to the sexy lingerie photos that made their way online after her phone was hacked, but she challenged the legitimacy of the topless photo that surfaced on the web, saying it was a fake. It helps that the head was cropped out of the one nude pic. It's called plausible deniability, people.
3. Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger for Ron Paul in 2012? That's what her twitter account would have you believe after it was hacked by Paul supporters. The hackers published a tweet saying, "For the first time ever a politician isn't lying to us. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012 I Love this Guy #RonPaulRevolution." However, once Nicole was alerted to the social media break-in, the pro-Paul message was quickly removed.
4. No Doubt
Fans have anxiously been awaiting the reunion album from No Doubt by closely monitoring the band's Twitter account, but they were in for a bit of a shock when a "Ron Paul for President" message was posted under No Doubt's name. Gwen Stefani and company got hacked by the same Paul supporters who broke into Nicole Scherzinger's account to post similar pro-Paul tweets. No Doubt later clarified that they weren't endorsing any candidate at this point.
Vanessa Hudgens was the victim of one of the most infamous celebrity hacks. In 2007 a hacker was able to acquire a series of nude photos of the star. On three occasions the hacker has released different photos from the same original batch, prolonging Hudgens' original embarassment. The FBI suspects that whoever broke into her private accounts is part of a hacker ring that has targeted several celebrities.
6. Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was likely targeted by the same group that hacked into Vanessa Hudgens' private accounts. Shortly after nude pictures of the actress leaked online, she told CNN: "Just because you're an actor or make films or whatever doesn't mean you're not entitled to your own personal privacy ... if that is sieged in some way, it feels unjust. It feels wrong."
Up-and-coming rapper Kreayshawn was targeted by a group of hackers who call themselves HollywoodLeaks and operate a Twitter account where they brazenly brag about breaking into celebrities' accounts. What's worse, Kreayshawn has claimed that the leaked pictures of her were taken when she was 17.
Back in 2005, before the advent of the iPhone, Paris Hilton's beloved Sidekick was hacked and all her contacts were made public. A 17-year-old hacker eventually pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 11 months in a juvenile detention facility.
9. Mila Kunis
When one of Mila Kunis' old e-mail accounts was hacked, it sparked a new round of rumors that she was seeing her Friends with Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake. That's because the leaked pictures included two pictures of Timberlake, including one where he's jokingly wearing a pair of pink panties over his head. The two have since denied any involvement.