A hacker and member of forum site 4chan has begun releasing images of celebrity nudes assumed to be hacked from personal iCloud accounts.
The list that is suspected to include more than 100 celebrities involve stars such as Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Lea Michelle, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Victoria Justice, Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Ritter, Yvonne Strahovski, Hilary Duff, Bar Rafaeli, and more.
The hacker originally threatened to post the images earlier this week, claiming he has more than 60 nude photos of 24-year-old Jennifer Lawrence in various states of undress, before posting images on website 4chan.
One Twitter user claimed TMZ was behind the leak, but was soon suspended from the social media site.
A spokesperson for Lawrence confirmed the photos are real and slammed a hacker for a "flagrant violation of privacy".
"The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence," the spokesperson said in a statement.
In 2012 a man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for releasing nude images of Scarlett Johansson on the internet.
(More FM will not be re-posting these images).
[image source: AAP]