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By Adario Strange2014-08-31 22:38:09 UTC

UPDATED, Sept. 1, 7:42 a.m. ET

A major trove of celebrity images, some including images alleged to be actress Jennifer Lawrence nude, began spreading all over the web and Twitter on Sunday evening.

Early word of the images began spreading on 4Chan earlier in the day, where posters claimed that the images were the result of a hacker intrusion on a number of iCloud accounts and cell phones and that the images included nude celebrities such as Victoria Justice, Emily Browning, Kate Bosworth, Jenny McCarthy and Kate Upton.

When contacted by Mashable, a spokesperson for Jennifer Lawrence issued the following statement:

This is a flagrant violation of privacy. The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence.

In addition to Lawrence, these are the biggest names on the list posted to 4Chan of alleged victims of the iCloud leak:

Aly and AJ Michalka, Aubrey Plaza, Abby Elliott, Avril Lavigne, Amber Heard, Brie Larson, Candice Swanepoel, Cara Delevigne, Emily Ratjakowski, Farrah Abraham, Gabrielle Union, Hayden Pannettiere, Hope Solo, Hillary Duff, Jenny McCarthy, Kayley Cuoco, Kate Upton, Kate Bosworth, Keke Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Kirsten Dunst, Krysten Ritter, Lea Michele, Lizzy Caplan, Mary Kate Olsen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Rihanna, Scarlet Johansson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Wynona Ryder, Alison Brie and Dave Franco.


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Most of those named in the list haven’t commented publicly, but actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead did take to Twitter to react to having her images taken in the hack:

To those of you looking at photos I took with my husband years ago in the privacy of our home, hope you feel great about yourselves.

— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014

Knowing those photos were deleted long ago, I can only imagine the creepy effort that went into this. Feeling for everyone who got hacked.

— Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) August 31, 2014

However, at least two of the alleged victims of the hack have also taken to Twitter to dispute the authenticity of the images. Actress Victoria Justice and gymnast McKayla Maroney both used humor to try to defuse the situation:

These so called nudes of me are FAKE people. Let me nip this in the bud right now. *pun intended*

— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) August 31, 2014

the fake photos of me are crazy!!
was trying to rise above it all, and not give “the creator” the time of day.. BUT..

— McKayla Maroney (@McKaylaMaroney) September 1, 2014

But contrary to the Twitter messages from Justice and Maroney, the above statement from Lawrence’s spokesperson, as well as Winstead’s comment, appear to confirm the authenticity of at least some of the images being circulated.

Apple didn’t not offer an official response when contacted by Mashable for comment on the incident.

UPDATE, Aug. 31, 9:20 p.m. ET: A number of Twitter accounts posting uncensored photos of Jennifer Lawrence nude have been suspended. When contacted by Mashable, a Twitter spokesperson would not offer comment on the deletion of the accounts in relation to the stolen images, but did point us to the service’s rules page.

Additionally, a spokesperson for Ariana Grande has reportedly denied the authenticity of images purporting to show the singer nude, calling the photos “completely fake,” in an email to BuzzFeed.

UPDATE, Sept. 1, 7:42 a.m. ET: Added McKayla Maroney’s tweet calling the photos “fake,” above.

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