The FBI has said that it are closing in on the leader of the hacking group responsible for breaking into more than 50 celebrity cell phones, stealing texts and images from them.
The crackdown against privacy violators comes as latest news about the hacked photos of Scarlett Johansson indicate that the pictures may have been faked.
Following claims of stolen photographs, the starlet requested the involvement of the FBI, who then indicated that they were “honing in” on a group of hackers including a ring leader. However, there is now speculation that the stolen images could be fake.
According to TMZ, authorities believe hackers have hacked into the phones of more than 50 celebrities, including Vanessa Hudgens, Jessica Alba, Lindsey Vonn, Ali Larter and Emma Caulfield.
Although the photos have not been widely published, they have been leaked to a number of sites, including one which is questioning the veracity of the images, and claim they are fake Photoshop images.
The issue of telephone hacking recently exploded into the headlines over reports that the British newspaper News of the World frequently hacked into the telephone voicemail of celebrities and politicians in order to gain an advantage in its reporting of news stories.
This is an issue of violation of privacy, which leave some victims of the practice feeling paranoid by the intrusive experience. This was the feeling described by Sienna Miller, former girlfriend of actor Jude Law, and phone-hacking victim of News of the World.
“Everything is compromised enormously,” she said. “It had a huge impact on relationships, friendships and my career.”
Back in March, TMZ reported on these hackings of celebrity cell phones, Vanessa Hudgens, who was one of the most prominent figures involved in the matter, spoke with the FBI about the situation, which means that federal agency has been aware of this issue for some time.