Fox Sports host Charissa Thompson is the latest celebrity whose nude photos were stolen by hackers and then published online on websites known for posting adult content as part of The Fappening scandal.
According to The Blast, hackers managed to breach the iCloud account belonging to the 35-year-old television host and sportscaster and then extract photos that were stored in the cloud.
By default, Apple’s iPhone can upload photos taken with the camera to iCloud for backup purposes, and by compromising the credentials, hackers can thus get access to the entire gallery that’s uploaded to cloud.
While nothing has been said on how the account was breached, hackers most often turn to phishing sites that replicate the official interface of iCloud and email messages that are delivered to their targets in an attempt to convince them to load these fake pages. Emails typically require a password reset, only to have details that are submitted to these websites automatically sent to cybercriminals.
Thompson has already contacted law enforcement on the case and the Los Angeles County District Attorney says an investigation is already under way.
Nude photos already pulled
Additionally, the Fox Sports star appointed law firm Lavely & Singer to have the photos removed from websites posting it.
“We’re working with [the Los Angeles District Attorney] hand-in-hand. I think that it’s important that the responsible individual or individuals are held accountable for this because it’s a disgusting invasion of my client’s privacy rights,” lawyer Andrew Brettler told Fox News.
According to reports, the stolen nude photos have already been removed from the first websites that published them, but the investigators want to track down cybercriminals.
“Photos have been published without our client’s authorization, permission, or consent, and in blatant violation of her privacy rights as well as U.S. copyright laws,” the lawyer added.
Thomson is one of the many celebrities that got hacked lately and whose X-rated photos were posted online, after similar cyber-attacks compromised the accounts of Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, and WWE Diva Maria Kanellis.