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Hacker threatens to upload more nude images

THE NEW PAPER, YESTERDAY

More nude pictures of celebrities may be on the way.

In a post thread written just after midnight on Monday on 4chan, the anonymous hacker, referred to by others as the "original guy", said he will be moving to another location before seeming to threaten to upload more compromising images.

He has asked for bitcoin donations from those willing to pay to see, Mail Online reported.

The hacker 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".

"Guys, just to let you know I didn't do this by myself," wrote the 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."

INVESTIGATION

In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed that it had begun an investigation.

It said: "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 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 Web black market and deviant message boards specialising in stolen "revenge porn" photography, the compromising pictures have been used as a currency of sorts among perverted members of these forums.

Meanwhile, a representative for Jennifer Lawrence confirmed the images are genuine, Sky News reported.

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