After Vanessa Hudgens' name emerged recently as the high-profile target of a distressing hack trend targeting women, a total of 50 actresses including the likes of Scarlett Johansson and Miley Cyrus have also been identified as victims of the same group of hackers preying on celebs online to release photos of them in compromising positions for the thrill of it.
The popular celeb gossip website, TMZ, which released a partial list of 50 actresses targeted in the nude photos hack plot, identified Vanessa Hudgens, Ali Larter, Busy Philipps, Scarlett Johansson, Miley Cyrus, Emma Caulfield, Addison Timlin and Renee Olstead as the recently revealed victims who had compromising photos and videos stolen by one group.
One of the ringleaders has his fingerprints on every job, the report added.
These names emerge even as Vanessa Hodgens met the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) regarding the nude photos that were hacked from her Gmail account.
The FBI went to Vanessa's lawyer's office to meet with her in Century City, CA. The meeting lasted more than an hour and agents got info that we're told leads to one individual who may have hacked 50 A-list celebs, TMZ reported March 17.
Quoting law enforcement sources, the website also reported that the FBI is closing in on the hackers.
Although the case involving Hollywood celebs is a high-profile and a large-scale hack mission, the disturbing trend of women being targeted online has been around for a while now.
In January, a hacker pleaded guilty to seven felony charges which included hacking into e-mail accounts and Facebook accounts of women in 17 states and in England. The charges included computer intrusion, false impersonation and possession of child pornography.
The hacker identified as George Samuel Bronk, 23, of Citrus Heights, California, was first arrested in September with a catche of 3,200 emails and around 170 explicit photographs of women in his hard drive. He specifically targeted Facebook accounts of women who also posted their email IDs on the account. He would then attempt to enter into the email accounts by using leads given on the Facebook account to answer security questions.
In a related incident, back in November 2010, naked pictures of American baseball star Grady Sizemore also hit the web. The photographs were stolen from his girlfriend Playboy Playmate Brittany Binger's email account.