The Jennifer Lawrence leaked naked hacker has gone on the run. The anonymous individual who goes by the name OriginalGuy – who posted explicit images of female celebrities on the image-based bulletin board 4chan last weekend – fled his hideaway on Monday after the FBI announced it was launching an international hunt for the hacker.
The anonymous hacker, who according to the UK’s dailymail goes by the name OriginalGuy, posted on the thread that he would be ‘moving to another location,’ before threatening to release more images in exchange for donations.
Wrote the hacker: ‘Guys, just to let you know I didn’t do this by myself. There are several other people who were in on it and I needed to count on to make this happened. 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.’
It is believed a flaw in Apple’s iCloud service may have allowed the hacker to steal the explicit images of stars including Jennifer Lawrence Kirsten Dunst, Kaley Cuoco, Brie Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and super model Kate Upton were pilfered by cyber hackers.
However, an FBI source is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying: ‘Whenever anyone steals information from another computer or device there is a trail left behind. Agents have a long and proven record of bringing those responsible to justice and they are confident they will get their man or woman. It is a disgraceful breach of privacy, the likes of which we have never seen before. It is a game of cat and mouse now – only the FBI has very big claws.’
One person named online as a hacker by reddit users, has already come forward to deny any allegations against him.
Bryan Hamade said that he was categorically not behind any hacking of celebrities private pictures and has not released any to the public.
He claims that he was identified after he lied to a reddit user to try and get bitcoins from them with a photoshopped picture of a celebrity.
This lie caused suspicion to fall on him and a huge reddit investigation reminiscent of their incorrect efforts to name the Boston bombers was launched.
‘I am not the original leaker,’ said Bryan to MailOnline.
‘I only reposted one thing that was posted elsewhere and stupidly had my network folders visible.’
‘I am just an idiot who tried to pull one over on 4chan and lost big time and stupidly left this identifying information. They took my proof and back traced it — it isn’t remotely true. I am not a hacker. I have no idea how the hell someone could hack into all those accounts’.
Meanwhile, Apple has since denied a flaw in its software is responsible for the leak and believe the hacker has been able to get hold of the pictures by guessing passwords and usernames. The firm said in a statement: ”None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems, including iCloud or Find my iPhone.’