Hacker leaks revenge porn images of 20 girls to message board leaving victim ‘sick to my stomach

One victim said: “There were lots of nasty comments, with people calling me an escort and a prostitute”

‘Myself and the other girls have joined together and are showing each other as much support as possible’
A hacker has stolen naked photos of at least 20 young women and plastered them online – subjecting them to sick abuse.

The personal snaps, meant for their partners’ eyes only, were taken from the girls’ iCloud accounts and posted on a popular file-sharing website, the Daily Record reports.

The revenge porn campaign has left the victims, who are all from the same area of Scotland, traumatised after the extremely intimate pictures were then shared over and over on social media sites such as Facebook.

Furious victims spoke out after police told them there was little they could do to remove the web pages, often because they were hosted in foreign countries.

Police Scotland told one victim they had passed on the complaints to their cyber crime unit and that they would contact computer giants Apple in a bid to trace the hacker.

But the file-sharing site – which we aren’t naming to save the victims further embarrassment – is still active.

One victim, who has asked not to be identified, was horrified when she received a Facebook message from a friend telling her that private photographs of her had appeared online.

The 22-year-old, from Motherwell, burst into tears when she logged on to the public forum and saw nude pictures of herself plastered under a section named “Scottish Amateurs”.

She told yesterday how she felt physically sick when she saw the images – posted alongside her full name and the name of her hometown.

The victim said: “When I got a Facebook message telling me there were pictures of me online, I didn’t think it was real.

“When I logged on, I instantly felt sick to my stomach when I saw them. They were pictures I’d taken years ago. My name was written right beside them.

“There were lots of nasty comments, with people calling me an escort and a prostitute.”

The 22-year-old was one of more than 20 women from across Lanarkshire who claim to have been targeted by the same social media menace.

She said: “I’d never heard of the site where the pictures were posted. But when I saw them I felt totally humiliated.

“They were pictures taken for the person I loved, not for the whole world to see and judge me.

“It’s horrendous to see your body exposed like that without your consent.

“These pictures were something I did when I was much younger.

“I quickly started getting messages on Facebook from other girls that I knew, saying they had also been targeted in the same way.

“We are all devastated.”

All of the women, who are aged 19 to 27, are from Hamilton, Motherwell and surrounding areas of Lanarkshire.

They all claim they have had private pictures taken from them without consent via smartphones and file-sharing accounts.

They first became aware that the photos had been posted online at the end of last month.

It is believed that email and online storage accounts from their smartphones have been tapped into.

The 22-year-old said: “I’m traumatised by the reality of it and the comments I saw.

“Those pictures were taken more than two years ago. They have long been deleted off my phone and I’ve never shown them to anyone.

“The other girls who were also targeted were girls I know from the areas I’ve worked and lived. Some I’m friends with on Facebook.

“We have no ex-boyfriends or anything like that in common. We have no connection other than where we come from.

“None of us has any idea who would want to hurt and humiliate us like this.”

After seeing the pictures, the 22-year-old, along with many of the other victims, immediately contacted police.

She said: “I called the police. They took the details of the site and told me they would pass on the information to their cyber team.

“I couldn’t believe that was all they were doing. I wanted these pictures of me taken down straightaway.

“The pictures did disappear briefly from the site but hours later they went back up.

“Then I started getting messages telling me they had been shared on another site. It just felt like a nightmare that was never going to end.”

She added: “I had to be sent home from work after I’d seen them because I was in such a state. Then I had to sit down with my boyfriend and explain.

“But it was even worse to sit down and explain to my mum that there were dirty pictures out there of me. It’s just awful.”

The two sites where the photos have been shared had still not been taken down last night.

The woman said: “I’m struggling to go out the house – I’m so ashamed and embarrassed.

“I feel everyone is talking about me and laughing at me.”

Another victim said she had heard from a friend that there were private photos of her and other girls posted on a website she had never heard of.

She said: “When I found out I felt sick to my stomach. The photo was on my phone that was stolen a year ago and the email address had been hacked and the password changed, so I could not gain access to this.

“I got in contact with a few of the girls who were also affected by the hacking and one of them had her web-based storage account hacked and pictures were taken from there and posted on this site.”

The victim added: “Myself and the other girls have joined together and are showing each other as much support as possible.

“I have now changed all my accounts and passwords and deleted my storage account. I will not be keeping any photos on my phone again.”

A third victim, also from Lanarkshire, said: “It has been embarrassing for us, but more importantly our families and friends, to see this. It’s disgusting how someone has done this to us.”

In March, MSPs voted to make revenge porn a specific offence under Scots law.

Last night, Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said: “This is a despicable offence, an atrocious breach of privacy, and should be dealt with severely.

“We keep hearing from Police Scotland that they are getting tough on cyber crime. But unless culprits like this are caught and punished heavily, no one will believe that.”

Police Scotland said: “We advise everyone to be extremely careful when sharing sensitive images on any form of social media.

“If anyone has been affected by this phone hacking, contact Police Scotland on 101 or visit your local station.”

Source:http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/hacker-leaks-revenge-porn-images-8914551

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